Gender Concludes Validation Of Draft GSIU’s ToR

The Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (Mogcsp) on Friday, April 28, concluded a two-day validation workshop on the draft Term of Reference (ToR) of Gender and Social Inclusive Units (GSIU), with over 30-participants drawn from fifteen ministries, agencies and commissions.  

The overarching objective of the establishment of Gender and Social Inclusion units across government’s institutions is to enhance gender mainstreaming and social inclusion efforts into sectors plans, program and policies as well as institutionalize gender responsive planning and budgeting in national budget process.

The two-day validation workshop organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender’s GSIU, focused on soliciting inputs of MACs GSIU staff in order to create awareness amongst members as well as to meet standard best practices. At the close of the two-day working session, participants successfully validated the GSIU’s ToR as inputs from various MACs were highly taken into consideration.

 In closing, the Gender Ministry GSIU Coordinator, Lawodo Nimely-Thomas, lauded the participants for taking up time to support the ongoing initiative which she indicated was entirely sponsored by the Government of Liberia. Madam Nimely-Thomas applauded her bosses at the Ministry for providing the space and affording them the opportunity to expand the objectives and operations of the Gender and Social Inclusive Unit (GSIU).  

Participants at the two-day meeting represented the following institutions: Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), Ministry of Mines And Energy (MME), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Health (MoH). Others are, Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Ministry of Labor (MoL), Ministry of Defense (MoD), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) as well as Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Liberia Institute of Geo-Information and Statistics (LISGIS), Governance Commission (GC) and Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).

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In 2009, the Government of Liberia adopted and launched the National Gender Policy with the goal of mainstreaming gender in the national development processes, enhance women’s and girls’ empowerment for sustainable and equitable development, and create and strengthen gender responsive structures and mechanisms in which both women and men can participate and benefit from development programs on equal basis.

The mid-term revision of the National Gender Policy in 2015 and its subsequent revised version between 2018 – 2022 recommended the establishment of Gender and Social Inclusion Units in all Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) with institutional gender policy to address gender inequalities in the respective institutions. It is against this backdrop that the gender and social inclusion units are being established in MACs.

Meanwhile, the transition from Gender Desk or Gender Focal Point (GFP) to Gender and Social Inclusion Unit (GSIU) is a call for inclusion at all levels, therefore every government institution is required to have at least a minimum of three (3) and maximum of seven (7) staffs in the unit with various professional expertise.

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