An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie, is calling on Liberian women to engage in meaningful ventures that would help them improve their lives and make them self-reliant.
Justice Wolokollie noted that when women begin to stand up for themselves the issue of depending on men for their survival would come to an end.
The Associate Justice made these remarks when she served as the keynote speaker at the official program in observance of International Women’s Day held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
She said if women, who spent all their time in church praying for God to send them a husband to improve their lives spent half of that time going to school fighting for a better education or getting involved in some meaningful training, a great transformation would take place in Liberia.
Justice Wolokollie argued that Liberian women must see the call for equality as a personal fight since it involves their wellbeing and that of their children. “They must not just sit there passing the buck to men,” she said, adding that the idea of their wellbeing being linked to men was a flawed one they needed to be disabused of.
She stressed that women striving for equality and advancement must begin with their will to stand on their own two feet. “My fellow women, as long as we remain sitting and doubting our ability to work alongside our male counterparts while relying on them to give us the go ahead before we fully participate. If women do not show some initiative our progress and the future of our nation shall remain dim. All we will have to show for our trouble is a glossy report on women’s development we carry to the UN every year that never translates into action,” she predicted.
Also attending the ceremony was Senate Pro Tempore, Senator Gbehzongar Findley, who promised to work with women to transform Liberian society. “We will work with women and walk beside them to ensure that the necessary development we need in Liberia is achieved.” He urged Liberian women to continue to be critical of men in order to keep them on their toes.
Meanwhile, the United Nation’s (UN) Secretary General’s Women’s Day message was read by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Liberia, Madam Karin Landgren. In his message, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said the importance of achieving equality for women and girls is not simply a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but one of progress.
“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the evidence is clear: “equality for women means progress for all.”
International Women’s Day is usually a time women reflect on progress made to call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating March 8, as International Women’s Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.