West African First Ladies Here for Clar Weah’s “She’s You” Launch

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Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo (center) and Liberia's first Lady Mrs. Weah (left) at the RIA yesterday.

A high-powered international delegation, including Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo and Sierra Leone’s First Lady Fatima Jabbie Bio, have arrived in Liberia to attend the launch of First Lady Clar Marie Weah’s flagship program, the “She’s You Movement”, a release has said.

According to the release, Mrs. Weah national advocacy campaign is aimed at promoting women empowerment, and ending all forms of violence perpetrated against women, girls, and children.

Today’s program, which will be launched by President George Weah, is expected to bring together, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, the First Ladies of Niger, and Ivory Coast, along with thousands of citizens, especially women and girls from all walks of life.

The She’s You Movement, which is the first in the country, has also attracted SHEROES’ delegation, including Maxime Menson, Co-founder and president of SHEROES Foundation International, and the president of Nigeria’s Charter, Madam Dame Maureen Tamuno.

Also gracing today’s event is Madam Mame–Yaa K. Bosomtwi, executive secretary of Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD).

“This initiative comes in response to the increasingly alarming wave of gender-based violence across Liberia, and the need to promote the protection and empowerment of women,” the release said.

Mrs. Weah has condemned the wave of sexual and gender-based violence in the country, and is now raising her voice through the “She’s You” program to advocate for an end to such acts.

The name of the program, “She’s You” comes from the backdrop of Mrs. Weah’s experience as a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, while growing up as a child.

“With that experience, she feels the pains and trauma they experience, understands their plights, and is now standing up for them,” the release said.

Madam Dame Maureen Tamuno, president of SHEROES, Nigeria Charter, told newsmen at the Roberts International Airport on Tuesday, June 18 that she has come to support Mrs. Weah in the fight against gender-based violence.

“We recognized that when our first ladies are committed to taking care of the necessary needs in their respective countries; we are there to support them and also offer them the technical help that they need by coordinating with United Nations and other development agencies, as well as the private sector,” Madam Tamuno said.

The program focuses ending gender-based violence; ending child marriage; reducing maternal and newborn mortality; HIV/AIDS Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission; Women Empowerment, and addressing infertility — breaking the stigma.”

The program is scheduled for Today, June 20, 2019, beginning with a parade at 8:00 a.m. from Ducor, Snapper Hill, Broad Street, to the Centennial Memorial Pavilion where the program will be held.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

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  1. And who is sponsoring the all that activities ? The UNDP ? The government of the United States ? The World Bank and the IMF. No, It is Mrs Weah, the hustler foundation putting out that money. And the plane tickets also for the guests ? Wow ! But look no further than all the rape cases in the lap of the regime. The foundation hears no evil about rape, talk no evil about rape and sees no evil about rape. But is actually able to put out a show to draw attention to her foundation. What a woman ? What a woman ?

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