President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, March 8, 2016 as International Women’s Day to be observed throughout Liberia as a working holiday.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the women of Liberia will join their counterparts around the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2016, under the Global Theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for
Gender Equality,” and the National Theme, “Pledge for Parity by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality.”
The significance of the day is in recognition of the role women play in social, political and economic spheres as well as to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that will make the world a better place for them.
The Proclamation, therefore, requests the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, government agencies, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
The Government of Liberia, cognizant of its obligation to ensure equal status for men and women in society without discrimination, ratified the Convention on “The Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women”, reflecting its commitment to gender equality and equity through its national reconstruction and development program.
The observance of the day is in consonance with the General Assembly adopted Resolution 32/142 in 1977, proclaiming March 8 of each year as International Women’s Day to be observed by member states in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
In another proclamation, President Sirleaf has by declared Wednesday, March 9, 2016, as “Decoration Day” and is to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday.
The President’s Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature approved on October 24,1916, which declared the second Wednesday of March in each year to be known as “Decoration Day” and to be observed as a national holiday.
The Proclamation adds that it is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead, who have lived and died in the interest of the Liberian Nation, thereby keeping ever alive their deeds and
invaluable contributions made to society and the state for onward march to progress.
The President, in the proclamation, calls on citizens and foreign residents to remember and cherish the love and affection, the joy and constant caring which existed between family members and friends who once
lived so dearly with them before their death.