A two-day conference expected to bring together about 1,000 women to participate in economic, political and social activities, has been set for today, Thursday, July 14, at the Paynesville City Hall, outside Monrovia.
The Women’s Conference is organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the Women’s Legislative Caucus and the Women’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Secretariat of Liberia and its partners.
The conference theme is, “Step It Up: Mobilizing to Bridge the Gap for Gender Equality.”
According to Gender Ministry Communication Officer Webster Cassell, the Conference will provide an opportunity for various stakeholders to consult and address the challenges and barriers that hinder progress in achieving women’s socioeconomic and political participation in Liberia, as well as identify means to advance relevant solutions and secure commitment towards promoting gender equality.
Mr. Cassell said participants are being drawn from present and past political aspirants, female legislators and female employees of the Executive and Judiciary branches of government.
They will include women from the private and public sectors, members of the Liberia Rural Women’s Structure and other rural women’s groupings, academia, religious institutions, the various chieftaincies, adolescent girls, and women from the Traditional Council of Liberia.
Other categories will include women in the media, the physically challenged, women NGOs, CSOs, CBOs; various unions (labor; teachers; health workers; traders; musicians; drivers; tailors; and professionals – lawyers, doctors, nurses, engineers, environmentalists, motorcyclists, etc.)
The conference is expected to highlight key objectives, including building alliances to enable women to fully participate in the 2017 electoral process; sharing resources and building networks to enhance gender equality; and developing a roadmap to address critical issues coming out of the conference.
The conference will also address key national issues, including integrating gender in the 2017 elections; the reactivation of the Liberian Women’s Federation; reviewing their manifesto; incorporating emerging issues; building the capacity of the forum and women potential leadership; and sustaining peace and security in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown.