The President of Liberia Launch Women Situation RoomOct 8, 2017
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the Women’s Situation Room (WSR) in Liberia for the 2017 elections.
Making remarks at the formal launch of the Room, President Sirleaf mentioned that these elections have demonstrated the maturity, anxiety and enthusiasm of Liberians for moving the country to the next stage in a democratic transition adding that “It could only happen if all Liberians were peaceful”.
President Sirleaf expressed appreciation for the peace that Liberia now enjoys, applauding Liberians for contributing to the peace that now prevails.
The Liberian Leader applauded the initiative by the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for the establishment of the “Women’s Situation Room”.
“We want to congratulate you because they’ve done a great work, all over, working with young people and let me say to you, the Situation Room is your Initiative…you make it work, you make it happen, you make it succeed by your participation” President Sirleaf intimated.
President Sirleaf also praised all African Leaders that have formed part of the Situation Room. “Today I join the many other African Leaders that have been in the Situation Room to be able to say to them that what they are doing helps us for a better society. Helps us to have an election that truly we can all be proud of. And that’s what all Liberians are looking forward to.
The Government of Norway is a strong supporter of Security Council Resolution 1325 that reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and post conflict reconstruction.
The Second Secretary of the Embassy of Norway in Liberia Ingrid Buli also speaking at the launch, stressed that the eyes of the world are on Liberia’s elections, hoping to see the country conduct peaceful and fair elections.
“Knowing that violence can be a challenge during elections, supporting efforts like The Women’s situation room, that seeks to prevent electoral violence, is important to us”. Ms. Buli noted.
Representing the United Nations in Liberia, DSRSG of UNMIL and UNDP Resident Representative Yacoub Hillo applauded the efforts of ABIC in advancing the WSR now a global brand, and its deployment for an historic election in Liberia with all the World watching.
Mr. Hillo acknowledged the partnership that makes this possible involving ABIC, UNDP with support from NORWAY, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) providing support.
He stressed the importance of advocating for peace and providing an environment for all Liberians to exercise their democratic right especially women.
The UNDP Resident Representative underscored the historic nature of Liberia’s elections terming it as the “defining moment for Liberia in sustaining and consolidating the peace, especially with the on-going transition with UNMIL’s final draw down and withdrawal”.
For her part, Counselor Yvette Chesson Wureh of ABIC said peace remains critical before, during and after the Country’s elections.
Counselor Wureh then congratulated the Liberian Leader for working to sustain the peace being enjoyed by all Liberians.
The Women’s Situation Room (WSR) is a women’s peacebuilding mechanism to mitigate conflict before, during and after elections.
It mobilizes women in collaboration with youth to lobby and advocate stakeholders to support the call for peaceful elections in accordance with UNSCR 1325 which affirms the role of women in peace processes and peacebuilding.
WSR was initiated by the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for women’s empowerment, leadership development, international peace and security and Liberian women organizations during Liberia’s 2011Presidential and Legislative Elections.Contact
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