Men and Women deserve equal rights, says President Weah at UNESCO Conference

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Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah at the 41ST GENERAL CONFERENCE OF UNESCO in Paris, France spoke about the issue of discrimination between men and women. According to Mr. Weah, he is passionate about gender equality, because he believes that men and women are equal citizens, and should therefore enjoy equal opportunities, and have equal access to knowledge and skills, if a society is to develop to its maximum potential.

He noted that as President of the Republic of Liberia and a self-titled Feminist-in-Chief, he has long championed women’s rights and noting that he is “HeForShe”. Mr. Weah said, achieving gender equality in Liberia is one of the top priorities of his Administration, and remain committed and obligated to ensuring that his Government achieves this within the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5. SDG #5 concerns Gender Equality and is fifth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording of SDG 5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

The Liberian Leader said, due to the inherent discrepancies in society against women and girls, there is also an urgent need to develop and strengthen mechanisms for their full protection and empowerment, to ensure that their rights are protected and their livelihoods are sustained.

“As a Government, we have made significant strides in legal and systemic reforms to be able to lawfully address the entrenched inequalities that exist between men and women. These will be presented in detail by my delegation during your further discussions”, Mr. Weah informed the conference.

President George Weah reaffirmed Liberia’s support for the agenda and programs of UNESCO.

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