In observance of this year’s International Women’s Day, the International Organization For Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Jewel Starfish Foundation Monday March 8, 2021, held an interactive discussion on the significance of the day.
International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century since it began in 1911. The day recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally, and it’s a call to action for gender parity.
In a special remark, the Founder of the Jewel Starfish Foundation, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor underscored the need to tackling inequalities, so women and girls can have the same rights and opportunities as men and boys.
According to a release, VP Howard-Taylor urged woman and girls in Liberia and the world over to step forward and reach out to make theirs dreams a reality.
While there are women who are breaking the barriers and challenging the status quo, the Liberian Vice President however observed, that majority of women and girls still live under difficult circumstances.
Nevertheless, VP Howard-Taylor used the occasion to implore young woman and girls to see Ex-Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who she noted, was abused but landed in the country’s highest seat as Africa’s First Female democratically elected President.
“We can change our circumstances and our world if we believe in our dreams, take courage”, the Vice President said, urging young girls and women to believe in their dreams and step forward for them.
Also speaking at the program which was held at a local hotel in Monrovia, the Country Coordinator of the International organization for Migration (IOM) Mr. Cherif Dialo said, the program of the IOM is in line with what the Jewel Starfish Foundation is implementing.
He noted that when the pandemic broke out, woman the world over, were working to keep others safe, stressing that the empowering women is important because their duty is very significant in their homes and communities.
Mr. Dialo said the United Nations, Government and NGOs realize that women equality is vital but said, there are still challenges especially on the African scene where statistics have shown that there are 1.8-million young adults on the move.
At the same time, in continuation of International Women Day, the Liberian Vice President Tuesday, March 9, 2021, launched the Girl2Leader Initiative at a colorful interactive program held with students at the Ricks Institute in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.
Several high profiled women leaders including Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kanga-Lawrence delivered inspirational speeches to the students especially the females.
The newly launched initiative is meant to among other things; reach out to young female with the intent of empowering and exploring their full potentials in becoming leaders