By Antoinette Sendolo(Intern)
A walk to appreciate and honour all mothers in Liberia was on Saturday held by the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA).
The event which brought together mothers and daughters from Monrovia and its environs was held under the theme: “Daughters Celebrating Mothers.”
Mother’s day is often celebrated in order to appreciate mothers for their numerous efforts in supporting their children. As part of the celebration, the Gbowee’s Peace Foundation Africa is calling on all young women and girls to take advantage of the month and appreciate their mothers.
Speaking to journalists at the event, the President and Founder of the Foundation, Madam Leymah Gbowee, stressed the importance of the event as it encourages mothers to establish a good working relationship with their children.
The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is a nongovernmental organization which was created and inspired by the personal and professional experiences of Nobel Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, a social worker, and peace activist.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and facilitate activities and initiatives aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation through the holistic participation of local communities.
The origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US.
However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old in Liberia. Today the festival of Mother’s Day is celebrated across 46 countries though on different dates. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honour their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well-wishers.