According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the Paynesville Town Hall outside Monrovia.
Preside Sirleaf recounted several initiatives that led to progress made by women including the Federation of Liberian Women, which was further strengthened by the Liberian Women Initiative, the Liberian Women Political Forum and the first Post-war National Women Colloquium held in May, 2009, which brought together women leaders from all over the world.
She paid tribute to the Angie Brooks International Center, as the ongoing institutional follow-up to that conference, which is also making history through the Situation Room and brings women together in
an unprecedented approach of peace promotion during elections.
The Liberian Chief Executive acknowledged that although, traditionally, women face various forms of discriminations, Liberian women have proudly asserted themselves to become relevant and have
contributed immensely to the nation at large.
She then applauded particularly Liberian women in the informal sector whose economic vibrancy in agriculture, marketing, and domestic labor have kept the country aloft in normal and difficult times.
“Today, as we meet to participate in this National Women’s Conference under the Theme: “Step It up: Mobilizing to Bridge the Gap for the Equality”; we join the global effort to institutionalize women’s
interests in all areas of national endeavors”, President Sirleaf underscored.
She said as the world moves towards the implementation of the SDGs, Liberia has a duty to ensure that appropriate strategies and mechanisms are put in place to foster the attainment of Planet 2030
especially those goals, which are crucial and relevant to achieving Gender Equality. At the same time, she intimated that this conference is also critical in our history - as women of Liberia must ensure that
laws, policies and strategies are made to enable women to gain and assume strategic positions.
She urged all women to fully utilize the various organizations, structures and institutions to ensure that peace is maintained in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown as Liberians take full responsibility of their country’s peace and security.
President Sirleaf used the conference to officially launch the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Access to Information, which seek to ensure: the right to information as a fundamental human right and a foundational right incorporated in our constitution; that information as the currency of democracy through a free flow of information, government can be more effective and efficient.
She then charged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ministry of Information to lead the Committee to develop appropriate policy framework and reforms that address any constraints and guarantees women’s access to information.
She recommitted her government to advancing the right to information in Liberia for men and women while looking forward to sharing the work and successes of the new Inter-Ministerial Committee aimed at women's access to information.