President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Wednesday, November 25, 2015, through December 10, 2015, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence to be observed throughout the Republic of Liberia as Working Holidays.
President Johnson Sirleaf calls on all Ministries Agencies, Local and International Organizations, the Children’s Parliament, the United Nations System and the General Public to join the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Collaboration with the Gender Based Violence Taskforce, Women Organizations, and Men’s Groups to plan and implement appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
A Foreign Ministry release quotes the proclamation as saying that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection being cognizant of the close proximity of International Day of Violence Against Women, International Human Rights Day, International Human Right Defenders Day, World AIDS Day, International Day of Disabled Persons and the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, do agree to jointly observe the above occasions, through speciallyplanned programs to further raise and strengthen the concepts being expressed for public consumption and participation.
The 16 Days Activism against Gender Violence will highlight other significant dates such as November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 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.
The 2015 Campaign will be celebrated under the Global Theme: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in World-Make Education Safe for All”. and National Theme: ” From Peace in the Home to Peace in World; Safe Spaces And Education for All.”
Gender inequality is prevalent and characterized 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 states that during 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, 2015, International Human Rights Day, in recognition of the violence against women as a human rights violation and called on governments to work towards its elimination.