The head of the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women or EPAG graduates, Ms. Patricia Wamah has stressed the need for equal rights for girls and women in Liberia. Ms.Wamah said if women and girls have equal rights, it will help to move their livelihood positively.
Speaking Tuesday, 11 October at program marking the observance of International Day of the Girl Child in Monrovia, she recalled that that many years ago, women and girls were denied right to own property in society.
According to her, in other parts of the world they are actually discriminated against and abused, including here in Liberia, saying such situation needs to be put to an end. Ms. Wamah added that women and children suffer from violence because the collective mindset is that they cannot bring change to their country or community, and as a result of this, their rights have been abused.
She asserted that women and girls are cleaver, talented, creative people who can help to change their countries and communities if given the opportunity, lamenting that for so long women and children have been crying to claim their rights.
She asked men and boys how they would feel if left alone in a house working, while others are learning out there. “And if you are abused, beaten by your partner, even when all decisions are made in the home by one person how will you feel”?
The EPAG head said whenever a person is discriminated against as a result of position, especially for women and girls, they feel upset, inferior and frustrated. Ms. Wamah pointed out that nowadays, more people have begun to respect women and girls so it is about time they move or stand tall and be recognized not only in Liberia, but the world at large, saying “This is our time; we have to make it work.”
She however cautioned young girls in school not to trade sex for grades or jobs, adding this is time to stand tall to end violence. “Let mitigate sex for material things, we can put stop to discrimination through the act of coordination,” she challenged Liberian women and girls.
By Zee Roberts