1 March 2016

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Holds Talks With UN Women, Oxfam Officials

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Monday held talks with the Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, and Ms. Winifred Byanyima, Executive Director of OXFAM.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf informed the two Executive Directors that their visit to Liberia was long-awaited and acknowledged the impact of the activities of both UN Women and OXFAM in Liberia, particularly on women and vulnerable groups.

"Your work in Liberia has aided the economic empowerment of women and also the focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program and activities.

"I welcome the partnership between UN Women and OXFAM, on one hand, and both groups with the Government of Liberia, on the other hand," President Sirleaf pointed out.

The Liberian leader called for the scaling up of activities of the two global bodies in Liberia and especially recommended the evaluation of several water facilities built across the country for possible rehabilitation to the exclusive management of women for economic empowerment purposes in line with the WASH program of the two organizations.

In remarks, the Executive Directors of UN Women and OXFAM, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and Winifred Bayanyima briefed President Sirleaf on the purpose of their visit to Liberia.

They indicated that the new initiative targeting the advancement of women will focus on entrepreneurship, value addition chain and improving livelihood.

The program, which targets Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to Ngcuka and Bayanyima, will target about 1 million direct beneficiaries and over 1 million indirect beneficiaries when fully executed in the two Mano River Union countries.

They briefed President Sirleaf on their activities since arriving in Liberia, which include meetings with various sectors and individuals, Vice President Boakai, lawmakers, House and Senate Committees on Gender and women groups, among others.

They expressed joy about a trip to Little Bassa in Grand Bassa County where they held discussions with representatives of women's groups on the Peace Hut Project initiated a few years back. LINA PR/TSS/PTK

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