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Int’l Women's Day: Girls and women want Prez. Weah stop inequality

Jos Garneo Cephas Sr.
School girls appealing to President at the International Women's Day Celebration. pix: Jos Garneo Cephas
School girls appealing to President at the International Women's Day Celebration. pix: Jos Garneo Cephas

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Many girls students, communities members including market women, have vowed to claim their rights in communities, schools, market places and work places  but called on President George Weah to help stop gender inequality against women and girls in Liberia.

The women and girls from across Sinkor, Monrovia, in Lakpazee, Old and Central Matadi Estate  made the remarks in an indoor ceremony held  Friday March 8, 2019  in Sinkor, at the Headquarters of Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), to officially marked the 2019 International Women’s Day Celebrations.  

The Executive Director of Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James Suah Shilue, cautioned the women and girls to become active agents of change for equality, providing a fifty-fifty space in which they can demand their rights and dignity as they share with their male counterpart.

Mr. Shilue said: “Let girls and women know gender is not about women and men but how society sees them and the role being assigned them to play with limitation is gender”.

P4DP facilitated the celebrations with support in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance Development Planning, and other international partners, including UNDP, UNFPA and CONCORD, with the Theme; “Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change”.

According to Him, P4 DP had worked with majority of Liberian women across the nation since 2003, with a concern to fight against gender imbalance and rule of law they pleaded for help to abolish violence   and cohesion against them by men for sex to be stopped”.

According to a P4DP’s release ahead of the celebrations, cautioned that based on current trajectories, there are signs that existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a planet 50-50 by 2030, except if innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” mentality are designed to remove structural barriers thus leaving no woman and girl behind.

The days program centered on “Women and Girls as Agents for Transformative Social Change” According to Mr. Shilue P4DP will continue to commit itself to ensuring a 50-50 participation of both men and women in social issues.

 


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