The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan-Cassell is calling on more men in Liberia to sign-up as ambassadors of the solidarity movement in support of gender equality.
Already, it is disclosed that about 800 men have begun championing the ‘HeForShe’ Campaign in Liberia and according to Minister Cassell in order for the Un Women and other partners including the Government of Liberia to attain the one billion men needed; Liberia alone has to provide 2million.
She called on the male ‘HeForShe’ champions to enlist more men in the campaign explaining that the ‘HeForShe’ is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one-half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity for the benefit of all.
The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Vigilante reminded that there are so many iconic figures in the history of Africa that emphasizes the leadership roles of women thereby making them preeminent actors in every African community and society.
Mr. Vigilante said the ‘HeForShe’ is for every men, every individual to roll back the unfortunate reality that is dealt with globally therefore the campaign is also to mobilize the vast far reaching solidarity movement of men and boys and support them to become advocates for gender equality.
The UN envoy said men must voluntarily subscribe, and end the battle of sexes by transforming it into a partnership of people where men will remain the vanguard of constructive inter relationship and provide a platform of equals.
UN Women County Representative, Awa, NsiayeSeck in her special welcome statement said the launch of the campaign was a day of celebration and acknowledgment of men taking real action to address the position of women in Liberia.
Madam Seck said the campaign is being implemented across the UN Women’s country offices globally and that the active participation of strong partners is central to the success of the campaign and that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign will mobilize individual men and boys on and offline through the sign-up approach that encourages increasing engagement.
‘HeForShe’ is working closely with UN member states, UN bodies, corporations and non-governmental organizations to achieve the objectives of the campaign, targeting the actions, partnerships and leadership that can achieve the greatest possible changed momentum.
Madam Seck said the launch of the ‘HeForShe’ campaign is a big step in getting men at the forefront and as champions in advancing gender equality and promoting equal opportunities for half of the four million Liberian citizens who are women.