The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, and Partners, on Monday, October 12, held official program in observance of the International Day of the Girl Child.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 On December 19, 2011, which declared October 11 of each year “International Day of the Girl Child”. Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl aimed at providing girls the platform to amplify their voices and collectively standup for their rights by calling-on stakeholders to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights; while at the same time, identifying challenges girls’ face and addressing their needs.
The 2020 edition of the International Day of the Girl Child - focuses on empowering of girls from across Liberia to raise their voices as change-makers in their respective communities, and also, stand up to demand a life free of violence, discrimination and harmful practices amongst other things.
This year's International Day of the Girl Child is being observed under a Global Theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, while the National Theme is: “Let the Voice of Girls be Louder, Empowering them for an Equal Future”.
Adolescence is a critical period that can determine the trajectory of girls’ lives. It is a stage at which key investments and support can set girls on a path towards empowerment, or send them down a negative spiral with lifelong consequences. Not just for themselves, but for societies and future generations; especially when they are victims of structural and institutional discrimination, recurrent constraints, harmful practices, and violence.
The commemoration also Ignites a breed of change makers and emerging women leaders ready and willing to stand up and raise their voices against issues affecting girl’s participation as well as engaging the media to raise awareness against violence, (which include electoral violence), cautioning and educating young people during these electoral seasons to reframe from violence acts.
The program was attended by several partners of the ministry including UNICEF, Plan International, Women Solidarity, Inc, International Rescue Committee, Medica Liberia, Actionaid and Sister Aid Liberia (SALI) amongst others.