Liberia Prepares For Int’l Women Day

Liberia will join the rest of the world on a month-long celebration in observance of this year’s International Women’s Day with all 15 political sub-divisions in the country fully participating.

A Gender and Development Ministry release says the official program and dialogue will be held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, Montserrado County, while other programs and activities will be carried out in the other 14 counties respectively.

The activities, according to the Gender Ministry, will include an Official Program, Mentors and mentees Retreat, Dialogue, School out Reach, Writing Competition, among others commencing from March 1 and running through the 31st 2014.

The overall objective of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration is to engage and promote women’s equal participation at all levels in decision making processes.

The Gender Ministry notes that this year’s observance will be held under the national Theme: “Mentoring for Transformation”.

International Women’s Day is a global event that recognizes women for their social, political and economic achievements.

The day is also used as an opportunity to reflect on the progress made, challenges and look forward to new opportunities for change that will make the world a better place for women.

Celebrating International Women’s Day goes back to 1975 when the United Nations and member states began celebrating the event in recognition of women’s role in peace efforts and development. A 1977 adopted General Assembly resolution set aside a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed; further urging an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.

Although Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal as such, there is still a need to focus world attention on areas requiring further action.

International Women’s Day has assumed a new dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.

The growing international women’s movement which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic areas.