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A Few of My Favorite Things from the Korto Momolu Show

16 Jun

To brighten up your Thursday, I wanted to share some of the fashion we enjoyed when Korto Momolu made her visit to City Hall last month. It was nice to host such a beautiful event with a cause, so please gush at the clothes we saw.

Rural Women Want Inclusion in Politics

9 Jun

By Morrison O.G. Sayon for the Inquirer

As the Presidential and General Elections draw nearer, women in rural Liberia have called on political parties to include them as decision-makers in their various manifestos. The rural women are calling on leaders of political parties to allow them occupy higher positions in political parties and in the decision-making process of the country. They want women to be party leaders as their male counterparts and not to be placed at the back seat. In Grand Bassa County, District N0, 2, some women who spoke to this paper through an IREX-sponsored program, said their inclusion in national politics will enhance the democracy process and buttress the participation of all Liberians regardless of sex as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on Discrimination.

 

“Let them allow women to occupy higher positions either as party chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary because some of these women have qualified themselves by going to school and obtaining degrees and can do whatever men can do. We are prepared to support them in every aspect,” Ellenor Barnie in Waka Town, Grand Bassa County said.

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Pictures from International Women’s Day in Liberia

11 Mar

Here are some of our favorite pictures from this year’s International Women’s Day in Liberia. Special women involved were our President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and the Executive Director of UN Women and former President of Chile, Michele Bachelet.

View the entire gallery with great captions here.

All Set For International Women’s Day Today

8 Mar

by Melissa Chea-Anann for The Inquirer

Liberian women will today join women around the world to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, under the theme “Equal Access to education, Training, Science, and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work For Women.”    International Women’s Day was set aside by the United Nations to highlight the plight of women and to create awareness for the promotion of programs and activities for the welfare and well-being of women world wide. Already, the Executive Director of the U.N. Women, Michelle Bachelet is in the country to join the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to celebrate activities marking the official celebration. Madam Bachelet, who is also the former President of the Republic of Chile, will deliver the keynote address at today’s occasion.

Today’s celebration will commence with a parade from the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, where women’s groups from several parts of the country will join the UN Executive Director and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as well as the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Ellen Margarethe Loj and other officials from several parts of the country to drill through the principal streets of Monrovia before climaxing the celebration at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

The Liberian leader on Monday conferred the Distinction of Grand Band in the Order of the Star of Africa on Madam Bachelet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to the honoring ceremony, Madam Bachelet reiterated that the four priorities of the U.N. Women include enhancing the voice of women in political leadership. She observed that the participation of women in parliament worldwide is as low as 19% and the new entity will exert every effort to ensure women get involved in politics. Madam Bachelet said the UN women will be more forceful to ensure that the voices of women are heard throughout the world.

The UN Executive Director further stated that it is about time that women around the world get employed in various fields to put them on par with their male counterparts. She said the UN Women will advocate for peace and security for women around the world and also fight to eliminate violence against women. The former President of Chile praised the Liberian leader for the recovery of Liberia that has gone through several years of crisis. She expressed satisfaction for the level of security under the U.P-led Government and stated that the President Johnson-Sirleaf’s leadership has made lots of progress amongst women in Africa and has given them hope to ascend to higher levels.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said as women celebrate the International Day, her biggest challenge for women in Liberia is to create amicable avenue for the education of women, which she believes is the main tool of empowerment in any society. The Liberian leader said her administration will continue to work with the UN Women through the Ministry of Gender to advocate for the rights and empowerment of women in every sector of the society.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon stated recently that the creation of UN Women consolidates U.N. strengths, which will significantly boost U.N. efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity and tackle discrimination around the globe. The U.N. Women that was officially launched on February 24, 2011 in New York has a focus on advancing gender equality, expanding opportunity and tackling discrimination among women around the world.