Gwendolyn S. Myers


Very few know that the International Women’s Day commemorated on 8 March every year first emerged from the activities of Labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Our article for this month would focus on the progress made since those early days and the emerging new global dimension. We would start first and foremost on the shocking revelation that very few Liberian girls and women understand the concept of gender and women’s rights.


One time Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, a former intern at the US state department, once said, be careful what you do to interns, because they might return to be your boss.

We intend to continue this article until we see changes in the system. As long as one woman’s human rights are violated, our struggle is not over; says UN Secretary General-Ban Ki Moon. At Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia, the struggle continues for the improvement of women’s human rights, work place empowerment and freedom of expression would not abate.

Gwendolyn S. Myers/Founder &Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP


The numbers clearly show that women boost business, reduce workplace violence and increase workplace performance when placed in charge of workplace operations. A male colleague conferred (talked) with me the other day that when women are in charge, workplace competition is removed, and there is less room for envy, intimidation, harassment and unnecessary jealousy.

When good employers encourage their young women there is less aggression in the workplace and women remain assertive in their pursuit of gender parity and the tacit conspiracy to undermine their capacity to contribute.


Since the establishment of Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia in 2008, we have noticed an increase in mob violence on the streets, communal violence by various groups of people demanding justices, benefits and recognition. But work place mob violence sounds surreal. Is it happening or not, if it is happening, is it on the increase and is work place environment conducive for young people to thrive? Questions are been asked but very few answers are provided.


Liberian Observer

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