Gender Ministry Conducts 5th National Young Women, Girls Conference
The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection with support from its development partners: Plan International, UNICEF, BRAC, among others, is conducting the 5th National Young Women and Girls conference. Minister Williametta Saydee-Tarr reaffirms the Liberian Government Commitment to providing basic support to young women and girls that will assist in accelerating and exploring their full potential across the country.
Speaking at the opening of the two-day conference on Tuesday August 6, 2019 at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center, located in Jacob Town Paynesville, Madam Saydee-Tarr indicated that the Ministry takes seriously concerns about challenges confronting young women and girls on a daily basis.
“For this reason, we continue to find better and sustainable ways through which existing problems can be mitigated and emerging challenges can be confronted, she indicated.
She further indicated that the National young women and girls’ conference is a part of the Ministry’s many response mechanisms, stressing that she is hopeful that the conference intends to highlight pertinent issues relating to the wellbeing of young women and girls themselves can be involved by deciding what role they can play in addressing those issues.
The Grander Boss further urged the young women and girls attending the conference to be agent of positive change, stressing that the Ministry will ensure that those relevant programs intended to improve the potential of women and girls are fully realize in line with the pro-Poor Agenda for prosperity and Development.
She urged those young women at the conference to get engaged in reading the pro-poor agenda for prosperity and Development as a means of understanding those components that are intended for women and girls.
Also speaking, Plan International Liberia Country, Director Evelyn Moore, recounted her institution support and commitment to improving the wellbeing of young women and girls.
She further highlighted the long standing relationship with the Government of Liberia and recalled the numerous support Plan International has provided to transform the livelihood of young girls.
“In Liberia, since our inception we worked alongside the Government, youth activists and community advocates at a national and country level to ensure that girls can access their basic rights without discrimination, the right to quality education and health services, the Plan International Country Director indicated.
Over 150 participants attended the conference from across the 15 subdivision of Liberia. They will obtain information on background and situational analysis of girls and young women in Liberia, discussion on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights and abortion, the importance of education for girls and young women, among others.