17 July 2017

Liberia: Foreign Minister Receives Letters

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Majon Kamara has received the letters of accreditation from the new United Nations Women Country Director, Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama.

The UN Women is an agency created by the United Nations General Assembly to enhance gender equality and promote the empowerment of women across the globe.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the brief ceremony took place in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Receiving her credentials, Minister Kamara welcomed the new country director and stressed that Liberia remains committed to improving the status of women, protecting their rights and encouraging their participation in all spheres of national endeavor.

She assured Ms. Nizigama of the Foreign Ministry's commitment and support.

Minister Kamara encouraged UN Women chief to partner with relevant government ministries and agencies particularly, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and other line ministries to enhance the agency's operations here.

She noted that although government is making efforts to address the plight of women in Liberia, there are still challenges at the national, regional and global levels in dealing with gender related matters.

"Regional and global efforts have registered some tremendous progress in addressing gender issues but there were still challenges which are determined by cultural and traditional barriers," Minister Kamara said.

Minister Kamara highlighted some of the impediments in dealing with rape cases. For example, she said, "The difficulty in gathering evidence by the police and the courts due to cultural and traditional beliefs and implications which make perpetrators of rape and other violent related issues go with impunity."

She noted that irrespective of the numerous challenges, government is still making strides in addressing acts of violence affecting women.

For her part, Madam Nizigama extolled the Liberian Government and the people for the positive initiatives taken in promoting the rights and welfare of women in the country.

She also hailed government for passing legislations that would provide support, protect the rights and enhance gender equality in the country.

The new UN Women Country Director assured Foreign Minister Kamara that her organization is here to enhance government's efforts in addressing those critical issues that affect the plight of women.


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