He told the delegates that he personally is passionate about gender equality, because he believes that men and women are equal citizens, and should therefore enjoy equal opportunities, and should have equal access to knowledge and skills, if a society is to develop to its maximum potential.
“As President of the Republic of Liberia and a self-titled Feminist-in-Chief, I have long been a champion of women’s rights and a “HeForShe”. As such, achieving gender equality in Liberia is one of the top priorities of my Administration, and I remain committed and obligated to ensuring that my Government achieves this within the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5,” he noted.
According to him, because of the inherent disparities in the society against women and girls, there is also an urgent need to develop and strengthen mechanisms for their full protection and empowerment, to ensure that their rights are protected and their livelihoods are sustained.
The Liberian Chief Executive informed his colleagues that his Government has made significant strides in legal and systemic reforms to be able to lawfully address the entrenched inequalities that exist between men and women.
He used the occasion to publicly reaffirm his government’s support for the agenda and programs of UNESCO, hoping that the new targets in the areas of education, science, and culture, will be achieved through their collective wisdom.
President Weah also congratulated the Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azulay, for her re-election to a second five-year term to continue her dynamic and innovative leadership of UNESCO, especially during these challenging times.
He reflected the recent 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland.
At that conference, President Weah pointed out that they came face to face with the stark reality that the future well-being of the entire planet is not only threatened by the devastating consequences of global warming, caused by the high emission of greenhouse gases from the industrialized nations of the world, but that the time-window for corrective behavior is rapidly shrinking.
“We are also acutely and distressingly aware that the world is still suffering from the terrible Covid-19 pandemic, which for almost two years now has caused the unfortunate deaths of millions of people around the world, and has taken an unprecedented toll on the ways of life and on the livelihoods of all survivors,” he added.