Ahead of producing a holistic analysis of gender issues to help improve policies, programs, and interventions, gear towards achieving gender equality in Liberia, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (Mogcsp), with support from partners, kickoff a two-day high-level stakeholders validation session in Buchanan, Grand Bassa City.
The two-day stakeholder’s validation session which runs from Thursday, September 2 to Friday, September 3, brings together Representatives from line Ministries, Government Officials, National and International Organizations, as well as CSOs and County Staff amongst others.
The goal is to develop a holistic analysis of gender issues that are used to help improve policies, programs, and interventions geared towards achieving gender equality, identify progress, gaps, challenges, and needed interventions.
The session will also highlight the different conditions, needs, levels of participation in decision making, access and control of resources between women and men, girls and boys. In Addition, the stakeholder validation meeting focuses on providing an overall background and analysis on the current gender equality situation in Liberia to facilitate the Development of Gender-Responsive Country Strategies, Programs, and Projects.
With financial and technical support from the United Nations, European Union, African Development Bank, and the Embassy of Sweden, the Ministry deems it necessary to develop a Country Gender Equality Profile with the intention to have a comprehensive gender analysis of the situation of women and men in Liberia.
Day one of the meeting will see a high-level technical working session while the presentation of the final document will be launched on Friday, day two.
At the close of the two-day sessions, participants are expected to draw up and present a final document of Liberia’s First Gender Equality Profile which will be officially launched at a later date.
In remarks, Deputy Minister of Research, Policy, and Planning, Honorable Hassan Kanneh has extended special appreciation to the United Nations, European Union, African Development Bank, and the Embassy of Sweden for the technical and financial support.
Hon. Kanneh speaking at a program marking the opening of the High-Level Stakeholders Validation meeting, Hon. Kanneh who is also serving in the capacity of Acting Minister of Gender encouraged the fullest participation of the participants in ensuring that the meeting is a success.
He described insisted on the document as a serious policy document that intends to give birth to the development agenda for the growth and empowerment of women across Liberia.
Also in remarks were Hon. Lydia Mai Sherman, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection and Assistant Minister for Research, Policy & Planning, Hon. Roosevelt S. Klafleh.
Several government ministries, agencies CSOs were represented at the session. They include Ministries of Health, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Justice, Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Local Youth and Women Groups as well as the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) and the Civil Society Council of Liberia.