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Proclamation declares Saturday as Older People’s Day

Release/Benjamin S. Taingay
Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared, Saturday, October 1, as ‘Older People’s Day,’ and is to be observed throughout the Country as a Working Holiday. 

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the observance of the Day is to raise awareness of issues affecting the elderly and to appreciate their contributions to society.

The Liberian Leader said she is especially appreciating the elderly’s contributions to the areas of education, medicine, economics, science and technology, as well as social services, history and preservation of cultural heritage.

The release says the event will be celebrated under the international theme: “Take a Stand against Ageism,” and will be observed under the local theme: “Older People in Liberia Deserve Better.”

The release quotes the Proclamation as further adding: “As part of this year’s observance, a major event has been planned by the Coalition of Caregivers and Advocates for the Elderly in Liberia (COCAEL).”

The up-coming events are intended to celebrate UN IDOP, which is the second National Aging Conference of Liberia, slated to be held Saturday at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church on 9th Street, the release also said.

The Proclamation further calls upon all national and international organizations, United Nations agencies, and the citizenry to cooperate with the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry in organizing appropriate programs befitting the occasion.

The Ministry is the legally recognized institution in Liberia charged with the authority to provide services and address older people’s needs in the country, in collaboration with COCAEL, a non-governmental organization.

“In keeping with the legal and moral standards and expectations outlined in several international instruments, the observance has become necessary to protect the rights and interest of old folks in Liberia,” the Presidential Proclamation also notes.

It named the instruments as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW and the Resolution of the African Union to protect older people’s rights.

CEDAW seeks to modify laws, regulations and customs that discriminate against older women.



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