Thursday, March 8th Is International Women’s Day; to be Observed as Working Holiday

MONROVIA, MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2012: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared Thursday, March 8th, 2012 as “International Women’s Day” to be observed throughout the Republic, as a Working Holiday.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President has requested all Government Ministries and Agencies, particularly the Ministry of Gender and Development, Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) concerned, to execute appropriate programs befitting the day.

The Women of Liberia will join their counterparts the world over in working assiduously to ensure national and global peace and stability. This year’s International Women’s Day will be celebrated in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, under the global theme: “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” while the national theme is: “Connect, Reconcile and Empower Girls and Women for the Future.”

In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating March 8th, as International Women’s Day, and later in 1977, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 32/142 proclaiming March 8th, each year as International Women’s Day to be observed by Member States in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

The Proclamation states that the significance of the day is in recognition of the role of women in peace efforts as well as for the rights of equal participation in all spheres of societies nationally and globally.

The Government of Liberia, cognizant of its duty under the Constitution to ensure equal status for men and women in society without discrimination, ratified the Convention on “The Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women”, reflecting its commitment to gender equality and equity through its national reconstruction and development program.