Liberia Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) joined the rest of the world in celebrating the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ on October 11, 2018. The day was observed by all the schools in the country as well as organisations, including BRAC Liberia, who are working in the betterment of girls.
Participants included students, members of the Adolescent Girls Working Groups, UN partners, NGOs and INGOs, inter-governmental agencies, members of the National Legislature and Judiciary, and the media.
BRAC Liberia expanded celebrations where we have Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programmes in four counties of Liberia – Bong, Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount. The national theme for this year was ‘’Make it Count: Advancing an Integrated Movement for Girls Empowerment”, chosen by the Liberia Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), an agency of government responsible for children, girls and women rights.
The Adolescent Girls’ Division of MoGCSP, along with its partners organised a weeklong series of activities to mark this year’s celebration.
In Kakata City, Margibi County, where BRAC Liberia has the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents Programme, celebrated the day with a parade and an indoor program where club members played key roles displaying their talents, one of them was the master of the ceremony, one of them performed as a drummer, and more members joined the roundtable discussions.
According to the Ministry, the celebration not only gives a unique space to advance the rights of girls, but this increases awareness and support for the rights of girls across Liberia. With over 1,000 attendees who represent the 15 counties, the national celebration took place in Monrovia with several activities, including a roundtable discussion and girls’ summit, an official launch of the girl’s manifesto, a parade, an essay contest, a book launch project and an official indoor program to climax the celebration.
Background of the day:
This year, the day was observed under the theme: “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”
According to the United Nation General Assembly, today’s generations of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people most of them female are currently neither employed or in education or training. Of the 1 billion young people, including 600 million adolescent girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011, adopted resolution 66/170 declaring October 11 each year as International Day of the Girl Child. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls’ face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.