14 February 2013

Liberia: Gender Retreat in Full Swing

The Ministry of Gender & Development has commenced a five-day gender retreat in Monrovia with several stakeholders in attendance.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Deputy Gender Minister for Technical Services, Madam Annette M. Kiawu said the retreat would provide a framework for addressing existing gender inequality in all spheres including social, economic, and political as well as the persistent norms and cultural practices that discriminate against women especially the urban poor and rural women.

The foundation for the achievements of gender equality of women and girls empowerment, she said, is already being laid by the Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).

Madam Kiawu also said the National Gender Policy would help to promote an active and visible policy of gender mainstreaming into national development programs.

She urged participants to acquire skills in order to effectively carry out the work of gender mainstreaming in government ministries and agencies.

For his part, the Director for Policy at the Ministry of Gender, Mr. Ndebehwolie Borley said the ministry has been making efforts on how government ministries and agencies can build capacity.

The National Gender Policy, he said, is important for all organizations in Liberia and noted that the Gender Focal Points has a critical role to play in disseminating and implementing the policy.

The workshop brought together 40 participants from 40 government ministries and agencies.

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