United Nation Women (UN Women) yesterday donated a vehicle to the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection under the joint program on accelerating progress.
The program gears toward the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.
At the turnover ceremony in the office of Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative to Liberia, Awa Ndiaye Seck, said the UN Women remains committed in working with the ministry to ensure that the joint program secures rural women’s livelihood and rights in the context of sustainable development.
She explained that the need for technical assistance and logistical support is highly prioritized for UN Women as a lead UN agency in collaboration with the participating UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In the next three years, she said the joint program will focus on strengthening rural women’s economic rights and livelihood with support for government efforts in addressing the socio-economic impact of the deadly Ebola virus on women and girls in targeted counties, including Montserrado.
She said that the UN Women is grateful to the people and the Government of Norway for the initial financial support to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women.
She added that government’s monitoring of the joint program in collaboration with civil society is crucial for a successful implementation of the exercise.
Earlier, Gender Minister Cassell said her ministry remains strategically positioned in responding to the needs of rural women and girls.
“The (JP RWEE) comes at a time when our country has been gravely affected by the Ebola virus disease. It is expected that this JP will effectively support current national efforts in responding to the socio-economic impact of the EVD on rural women and girls,” she explained.
Madam Cassell reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment for strong monitoring and supervision of JP’s activities.
The joint program is being simultaneously implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda where it is expected to generate synergies that will capitalize on more lasting and wider scale improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women.