Friday, 25 January 2013

What Do Women’s Rights Mean to You?


The tidal wave of feminism sweeping across the global community has had a particular bearing on the postwar mosaic of Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia, in a number of ways. The country broke continental record with the election of the first female president some seven years ago, and less than a year ago produced twin female Nobel laureates.
In another feminist watershed, Liberia is playing host to an assembly of distinguished female leaders expected to showcase the struggle for women employment and advocacy. Monrovia is alight this week by the presence of distinguished women activists of international repute, including a couple of Nobel laureates.
Liberia’s own Leymah Gbowee, who are President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf jointly won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, is hosting throngs of women from the United States, Canada, and other countries. The visitors, according to a release from Laureate Gbowee’s foundation include four Nobel Peace Laureates, journalists, businesswomen, global and grassroots women’s rights activists and philanthropists who will stay in the country for six days.
During the nearly week-long visit, the women, under the banner of the international organization Nobel Women’s Initiative will meet with a wide range of non-governmental women’s groups, UN personnel, Youth and Student Leaders, the Women Legislative Caucus and other high-level government officials, Women Peace-builders in Totota and Weala, Bong County, amongst others. The world leaders are also expected to give audience to Liberian women working towards peace and reconciliation in the country, particularly on sexual violence issues.
The women delegates, according to the release, hope to take back home a greater understanding of the important contributions women are making to sustainable peace in Liberia, as well as the challenges women face.  

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