President George Weah has by Proclamation declared Friday, November 25, as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 10, as International Human Rights Day”, and it is to be observed throughout the territorial confines of the Republic as Working Holidays.
A Foreign Ministry release issued Thursday quotes the Liberian Leader as calling on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, government agencies, civil society organizations international partners and NGOs concerned to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
The proclamation added that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, being cognizant of the dates of International Day of Violence Against Women, International Human Rights Day, International Human Rights Defenders Day, World AIDS Day, International Day of Disabled Persons and the Anniversary of Montreal Massacre, do agree to jointly observe the above occasions, through specially planned programs to further raise and strengthen the concepts being expressed for public consumption and participation.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is a Global Campaign dedicated to ending Gender-Based Violence and will highlight other significant dates such as November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 29, International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6, Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Right Day.
The 2022 Campaign to end all forms of (GBV), will be celebrated under the Global Theme: “United! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls” and the National Theme: “With One Voice. Let’s End Violence against Women and Children”.
The Proclamation stresses that gender inequality is prevalent and manifested by high levels of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy among youths, women, and girls as well as high incidences of sexual and gender-based violence which, according to statistics, revealed that children are the most vulnerable in terms of these practices.
The Proclamation further states that the First Women’s Global Leadership Conference sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991, the 25th day of November was set aside to be observed each year as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 10, the International Human Rights Day, in recognition of violence against women as human rights violation and called on governments to work towards its elimination.