The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership, Development, International Peace and Security will today begin celebrating its 5th anniversary with achievements made through women’s leadership in the country.
Addressing a press conference ahead of its two months celebrations yesterday, the Establishment Coordinator, Yvette Chesson-Wureh said ABIC is using the celebration to renew the dynamism that will promote greater gender equality and women’s involvement in peace and security especially ahead of the mid-term senatorial elections.
To date, statistics show how women in leadership position have increased rapidly showing how they occupy nearly 25 percent of top ministerial positions, 29 percent of the deputy minister posts and 25 assistant minister positions while they also head 28 percent of the 25 key government agencies in the country.
Cllr. Wureh stressed how women’s representation in key leadership positions over the past decades have proven significant progress made in the country’s stride towards ensuring gender equality and emphasized how the Centre is using this year’s anniversary to evaluate and assess gains made in improving peace and security in the region with a call for renewed energy to tackling the challenges that are ahead.
We want to remind the Centre about the plights of girls that remain daunting as compared to women in the country because we too have come to realize that at least significant effort has been placed on women in preparing them for higher positions in government beginning from political parties, while girls openly confess about being school drop outs or prostitutes.
Much has not been said about those girls whom we believe will someday be grown into womanhood and whose aspirations and desires the Centre now seeks to promote by highlighting issues of equality, peace and security.
In as much as the plights of the women may still be on the table, the gains are visible unlike the girls who are languishing and becoming early mothers and faced with challenges of getting girls’ rights education, secured jobs where they will not be tampered with by the older men.
Lest we all forget, women cannot and will not develop and enjoy gender equality, peace and security when girls are yet to uncover their potentials and be groomed into womanhood. This cycle of ‘same women’ stealing the show needs to and must be revisited as ABIC renews its vigor in women’s empowerment and assess its gains.
Women can only unite to lift the world when every girl child is seen as the next successor of the woman whose legacy is being celebrated and that can only happen when those women steering the ship now begin to act as mentors for not only girls in schools but those whose future seems bleak.
Mentorship is the way forward and we believe strongly that the Angie Brooks International Centre can advance a project in its programming that would highlight the plights of girls and find a solution that will be more visible so that together the Liberian women and girls can be their target.
Congratulations ABIC on the observance of your 5th anniversary!