LiNCSA observes 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Based Violence in Liberia.

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) joins the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Office of the First Lady of Liberia, the National Gender Based Violence Taskforce, Women, Men and Youth Organizations, Local and International Partners, the United Nations System and other Stakeholders to observe 16 Days of Activism under the theme “End Gender Based Violence in Workplace, Schools & Communities”. The 16 Days of Activism is an annual event which takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year event commenced with a Prayer Service held at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Congo Town on Sunday, November 25, 2018 followed by the official Launch on Monday, November 26, with an Anti-Rape March and a Block Celebration. 

His Excellency President George M. Weah, Hon. Williametta Saydee Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection, several members of the Diplomatic Corp and international organizations as well as other stakeholders, graced the official launch held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Making the Opening remarks, President Weah asserted that gender issues play a fundamental role to the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), vowing that his government will provide appropriate support to institutions to protect and empower women and girls against violence and abuse. Referring to himself as “Feminist in Chief” President Weah said his government would provide every necessary support to fight violence against women, and promoting gender equality at all levels in the government.

The Liberian Leader noted that the fight against gender-based violence in Liberia requires the collective actions of all and not the government alone, stressing that this year theme eloquently captures the prevailing realities of the challenges facing the Liberian Women that must be tackled with utmost speed.

This year 16 Days of Activism was also attended by a number of security institutions that have started mainstreaming policies to ensure gender sensitivity and friendly environment by providing equal opportunities for women at all levels.

Many of the participants wore blue t-shirts to depicts the Liberian parlance “Blue about something” and had banners with wordings discouraging gender based violence in Liberia. LiNCSA banner reads, “The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) is Blue About Armed and Gender Based Violence in Liberia.