15 February 2013

Liberians Join Global Celebration to End Violence Against Women

Hundreds of Liberians Thursday (Feb 14) joined millions of people around the world to mark activities aimed at ending violence against women and children.

The citizens marched on the main street of Congo Town (Musu Spot) to the country's largest Sports Stadium, the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex, where indoors program were held, with a call, especially on men, to end violence against women.

The event was held under the auspices of Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) in collaboration with UN Women Liberia.

Yesterday, about one billion people around the world stood against violence against women and children with support from United Nation Entity for gender equality and the Empowerment of women.

Speaking at the program featuring Liberian musical stars like TAKUN J and Star is Born winner Vivian Akoto, held at the SKD Gymnasium, the Executive Director of THINK Madam Rosanna Schaach, said by being a part of 1 Billion Women rising, participants seek to discover their global solidarity and the scope of the issue.

"We have come to state that ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, AIDS or global warming. We will come to see that it is not a local issue or particular to any culture, religion, village or age. We will also shake the world into a new consciousness," she added.

THINK, in collaboration with UN Women, support of war affected children by providing support for survivors of violence as well as with legal aid, medical care and safe shelter.

Also speaking at the occasion, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Managing Director T. Nelson Williams promised his support to protecting women and children in the country. He added that women need to be protected because they are mothers and sisters. "They can also be teachers, ministers, presidents, he asserted. He is urged men to stay away from violence against women.

Meanwhile, UN Women Country Director Madam Kathy Mangonas has promised the United Nations' support to women and children in Liberia.

The theme for this year's celebration was "1 Billion Women Rising Against Violence".

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