The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has announced plan of activities for the 2017 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign from November 25 to December 10, 2017. A Gender Ministry press release issued Thursday, 23 November says the 2017 campaign will run under the global theme: “Together We Can End GBV in Education” while the national theme is: “Let’s embrace our Diversities for Safe Education and a violent Free Society.
A formal opening program which will mark the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism takes place on November 25, 2017 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia and a special statement will be delivered by Gender Minister Julia Duncan – Cassell with statements coming from partners of the ministry.
A special statement from the UN Secretary General will be delivered by his Special representative to Liberia Mr. Farid Zarif while the keynote address will be delivered by Madam Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Country Representative.
A nation-wide awareness/sensitization campaign will be carried out from November 25 to December 10, 2017 in schools, churches, mosques, marketplaces and communities throughout the country as well as debate by university students.
According to a Gender Ministry release, the decision to create an annual campaign lasting 16 Days was based on two important annual dates; 25th November, International Day against Violence against Women and 10th of December, International Human Rights Day.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and partners will use the campaign to reflect on the level of momentum and achievement of the previous celebration which identifies peace in the home and the surrounding as essential in facilitating peace in the world, and as an essential enabler to safe education for all.
This year’s celebration seeks to continue to build awareness of and advocate for an end to all forms of gender-based violence in education once and for all.
The campaign also focuses on strategies by groups, organizations and governments around the globe to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Meanwhile, the 16-Day period also highlights other significant dates which include November 29, International Women 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 Rights Day.
A cross section of Liberian Women and gender advocates will assemble at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to begin the annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign, the release concludes.–Press release