LIBERIA: Gender, Partners End 30th Anniversary celebration of the 16 days Activism

From  E. Varney Kamah, GNN Correspondent In Maryland County |

The Ministry of Gender, Social Protection in collaboration with partners have colorfully ended the celebrated of  the 30th Anniversary of the 16 days Activism in Pleebo City, Maryland County.

The program brought together hundreds of  participants including  children, youth groups, women groups, staffs from  LRRRC, UNHCR, PIH Liberia, WFP Tubman University Gender/Counseling among others,

Addressing participants, the Gender Coordinator for Maryland County,  Mrs. Sayernoh Natalia Whea said the overviewed of the unique ceremony was done by Julian Morais Johnson Protection Assistant Community Service UNHCR who said the  16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women started novermber 25,  until  December 10, 2021  Human Rights Day.

Noting that it started by  activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, therefore, It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. She further mentioned.

Mrs Julian Marais Johnson emphasized that in support of this civil society initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

“The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ends today is “Orange the world: End violence against woman and girls now!

While the National Theme reads, “Enough is Enough!:  Let’s act now to end violence against women, girls, children and other Marginalized Group”.

Addressing the Congregations was the Keynote speaker Mrs: Garmai Cyrus_Biddle from Partner in Health who narrated that Violence against Women is the result of a deeply entrenched patriarchal culture that encourages and rewards male domination.

“My deepest Congratulations to the Ministry of Gender and Children Protection locally for affording me this kind opportunity to speak to you on this program as a guest Speaker, I’m therefore, calling on everyone to please avoid the below Violences against Women, Physical, Psychological, Verbal abuse, Sexual, Financial abuse, Emotional, Cultural Violences and many more. The guest speaker explained.

Violence affects millions of women all over the world. It affects women from all cultures, religions, socio-economic and  cultural backgrounds.

Female-targeted violence was acknowledged in December 1993 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. At the Beijing Conference (September 1995) Governments declared that “violence against women constitutes a violation of basic human rights and is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace.

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