By: Jerromie S. Walters
Fish Market, Sinkor: The Liberian Women Mass Action For Peace under the banner WIPNET, has climaxed a fourteen (14) day fast and prayer meant for the revival and the sustainability of peace in Liberia as well as the sub-region.
WIPNET, mid Wednesday, June 8, 2022, climaxed the two weeks long spiritual period under the theme “Let’s maintain the Peace”, which kick started in May 2022, at the famous Invincible Sports Park in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The conglomeration of women from both the christian and Islamic faith during the fourteen days period, assembled at the women prayer hub for peaceful initiative, at the invincible Park, with collective efforts through fasting and praying for the Liberia and the
West African region as well.
Speaking at the occasion, Liberia’s Vice President Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor appreciated the women for the commitment, sacrifices, and perseverance demonstrated over the period, intrinsically with the quest to ensure the sustainability of peace in Liberia through fasting.
VP Taylor underscored the need for a peaceful Liberia, void of political crisis, religious and trabal conflicts, as well as insecurity and national threats.
The Liberian Vice President further called on all Liberians to preach, teach and demonstrate peace in their homes, offices, political parties, and giving women the chance and space to perform wherever necessary.
Meanwhile, the Irish Ambassador to Liberia Amb. Claire Buckley lauded the efforts of the women, noting that it is never too early to prepare for instability.
She believes the need for the initiative by the women for the maintenance and sustainability of the peace in Liberia and its environ is very cardinal.
On the other hand, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative to Liberia, Mr Stephen Rodriques applauded the women for the commitment and pledged his unwavering support through standing with them in every relevant way, as he has seen their power.
“I have seen the power of women, not only in the past, but in the present and I will always stand with women,” UNDP Representative to Liberia, Stephen Rodriques intruded.
He continued by urging Liberians to maintain the hard earned peace that was fought for years ago. “You can be too late in acting for peace but you can never be too early.” Mr Stephen Rodriques encouraged Liberians to resolve the early warning signs of instability.
The Liberia Women Mass Action For Peace is a conglomeration of women from the christian and Islamic faith, with a common quest to ensure a safe, secured, stable, and peaceful Liberia.
The group’s commitment began in 2003 when women gathered at the fish market to present a petition to the then government, the various warring factions and called on the international community to bring an end to the fourteen years of civil conflict that took away the lives of thousands people.
Record revealed that it took the women about eight months fast and prayer to petition God as there were several early warning signs of war drum of hat, tribalism, corruption and discrimination that perpetrated the civil unrest in the nation.