As Liberia join other Countries around the world to celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women designated by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25, each year, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) has urged Liberian women to pay attention to their needs in everything they do.
Madam Matilda W. Parker who served as Motivational Speaker for the day at a well a organized program held at the Center of the Liberia Labor Congress in Gardnerville, the suburb of Monrovia lectured Liberian women to be of good value for their male partners to see their importance, noting, “That got me thinking that generally when we want to do something for someone else, it is important to consider what other person actually wants, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, she told the women.
Stressing further, the NPA boss noted, “It may not be enough to treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated,” and then asked, “Why not instead treat others as they would like to be treated? We don’t always have to look at things from our own perspective. Try looking at it from the other person’s perspective. What do they want? How do they want to be treated?” she pondered in her statement to the women.
Madam Parker then called on Liberian women to start to demand their rights by first, “Understanding each other. Paying attention to their own needs, and stop pretending to be what they are not”, saying to the gathering mostly women, “Because you are a woman, you must make unusual efforts to succeed. If you fail, no one will say, she doesn’t have what it takes. They will say women don’t have what it takes”, Madam Parker told the women.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.