First Lady Ambassador Clar Marie Weah has launched the Sustainable Development for Muslim Girls in Liberia with a call to end marginalization against women and girls, especially Muslims.
The Initiative, launched at the Ministerial Complex over the weekend, endeavors to help Muslim girls help themselves through capacity development initiatives.
Speaking during the launching ceremonies, Mrs. Weah stressed the need to ensure peaceful environments and desist from acts counterproductive to the growth and development Muslim women and girls.
“We must not stereotype them, wrongly judge them and or deny them access to the tools that would empower their lives,” said the First Lady.
As Mother of the Nation and a passionate person who wants to see the lives of women and girls improved, Mrs. Weah noted that her humanitarian initiatives do not target beneficiaries of a particular religion, political affiliation or creed.
“As a Christian, I am blinded to religion when it comes to reaching out to improve the lives of women and girls for I don’t see religion, I see people, women and girls who deserve to live better and become their best.”
“I don’t see Muslim or Christian, I see women and girls who must be protected, not abused and denigrated, rape and violently assaulted,” Mrs. Weah intimated.
She wants all Liberians work together regardless of their backgrounds, noting that the new Liberia envisioned by President George Manneh Weah would afford everyone an equal opportunity to share in the wealth and prosperity of the nation.
Launched under the theme: “Helping Muslim Women Help themselves,” the Sustainable Development Initiative for Muslim Girls in Liberia was established in response to the reported marginalization of Muslim women and girls.
According to the organizers, Muslim women and girls have had limited access to various opportunities essential for improving their lives owing to religious and traditional believes among others.
Hence, the initiative would endeavor to provide academic and alternative empowerment support as well as champion the cause of gender equality and women participation at all levels of society.
The First Lady commended Madam Makenneh Kieta and team for organizing the Sustainable Development Initiative for Muslim Girls in Liberia and assured them of her support.
She noted that the endeavor which seeks to put smiles on the faces of beneficiaries was essential for engendering the kind of empowerment that replaces fear and inferiority complex with personal growth and development.
“I am passionate when it comes to women and girls and continue to strive to change their world for the better,” Mrs. Weah asserted.
Thrilled by the excellent presentations by some of the girls, many of whom were dressed in their uniforms, Mrs. Weah challenged them not to give up on their dreams, as such dreams were equally achievable.
Whether it’s a dream to become doctors, nurses, educators, engineers, lawyers, politicians and social workers among others, Mrs. Weah admonished the girls to believe in the possibility of their dreams.
“Your dreams are valid and I stand with you today to do what I can as a facilitator to help you actualize your dreams, for when that happens, indeed Liberia will become better.
“Never should you doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. You can become whatever you desire, just keep focused, value yourself and remember that your nation is depending on you.”
The launching program of the Sustainable Development Initiative for Muslim Girls in Liberia attracted hundreds of girls from various Islamic schools around Monrovia along with women from different political backgrounds as well as senior government officials.