The National Secretariat of the Golden Image Award (GIA) has released the calendar of events for the sixth edition, which takes place on Thursday, July 21.
This year’s event, according to Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace, Ambassador Juli Endee, kicks off on today Tuesday, July 19, with the hosting of a Women’s Forum intended to highlight issues of women’s rights and advocacy, especially as they relate to health.
The forum is expected to bring together women and women’s groups from across Liberia to discuss the role of women and their impact on public health.
Sponsored by the Carter Center, the forum will also highlight the pivotal role women played in the fight against Ebola.
Tuesday’s event will be held at the headquarters of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace.
The theme of the sixth annual event is ‘Strengthening the Health System through Communities.’ This year’s theme is designed to highlight the significant roles that communities played and continue to play in the promotion of health messages, and their involvement in health initiatives.
According to Amb. Endee, the GIA has garnered the support of the government, evidenced by the participation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai in past events.
Guests and other high profile personalities will come from Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Germany and other parts of the world.
“Many of the invited guests are expected to receive awards in various categories including health, education and humanity. These awards are in recognition of the roles played by individuals during the Ebola crisis.”
According to her, several international guests have begun arriving in the country for the annual national event, which also coincides with Liberia’s 169th Independence Day celebration.
“The award is in honor of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for being the first democratically elected female president of Africa, as well as her role in enhancing peace, democracy and giving women a voice in Liberia,” Amb. Endee said at a press conference yesterday.
The visionary of the Golden Image Award, Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee, said this year’s event has generated a lot of interest locally and internationally.
The GIA started in 2011 as a way of recognizing individuals and institutions that have impacted their communities.