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President Ellen Johnson is today expected to deliver a special statement to the Women of Liberia when she formally launches the radio project of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee in Monrovia.
It is not known what the statement focus on, but observers are suggesting that the president may use the time to encourage Liberian women to aim as high as their male counterparts.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, in Liberia, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj yesterday interacted with Liberian Women Leaders at the Angie Brooks International Centre at the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.
The interaction was part of ceremony commemorate Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security as "Global Open Day for Women and Peace".
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed the hope that the ongoing ECOWAS Delocalized Parliament Meeting in Monrovia will give courage to the Liberian National Legislature to give serious consideration to the bill seeking 30 percent women participation in political representation.
"Women continue to play a major role in the efforts for peace. Women continue to be those peace builders; continue to promote the environment that enables all citizens to search for peace, maintain peace and use the security that peace brings to be able to join in the processes of development that will touch the lives and change the condition of humankind," President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said.
To this end, the judges awarded the Peace Prize jointly to three women, recognizing their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work".
As the world celebrated International Women's Day on March 8, one gathering in particular testified to the resilience of the human spirit.
Liberians voted Tuesday in the country's second presidential election since the end of a brutal civil war, choosing from a roster of 16 candidates that include a Nobel laureate, a nephew of a former president, a former warlord infamous for slicing off his foe's ears and a businessman-diplomat, among others.
Before we finally close the chapter on 2011, flipping a fresh page for a new beginning in 2012, let's not forget that the unresolved issues of 2011 and other past years are still in need of solutions.
"Black Diamond" and her comrades may look like any bunch of street-wise girls with attitude but they have the military hardware to back up the look.
"Mortars are my favourite weapon," says the leader of a group of Liberian women rebel fighters - the Women's Artillery Commandos (WAC).
Even her enemies on the government side acknowledge her military strength.
When the bazooka ruled in 2003 and only the opinions of Liberian warlords and a beleaguered head of state mattered to the world community, Leymah Gbowee and seven immortal others rose to project the power of peace through non-violence.
Garpeh produces about two such stories on the needs of women for broadcast each day by the Liberia Women Democracy Radio, housed in a two-story building in Congo Town on the outskirts of Monrovia.
Across the hall in the on-air studio, two men are hosting a talk show about reducing poverty. The day's theme: Transportation and how women in particular, due to their caretaking burdens, need better access to markets and medical centres.
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Ora Garway is Liberia's only female newspaper editor and publisher, a crusader in reporting on major issues. Most female journalists in Liberia are relegated to rewriting press releases, she says. Garway credits interest in journalism to her father's encouragement and witnessing a civil war that killed 200,000 people.
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is introducing a Master of Arts in Gender, Peace and Security programme, which was inaugurated in June 1, 2012.
The programme provides a framework for research and reflection on conflict, peace and security in the African context, bringing to the fore the gender dimensions and effects.
Last year, I reported with the intrepid Glenna Gordon a story about Liberia's Court E, a court chamber in the capital city of Monrovia dedicated only to rape cases. The court, which will turn two in Februrary, was a direct response to what many people we met called a rape "epidemic" in Liberia. The country's post-war rape stats are sky-high, and most of the victims are young girls.