The new head of delegation of the European Union to Liberia H.E. Ambassador Laurent Delahousse on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Amb Delahousse courtesy visit was centered on building upon and enhancing the strong and cordial relationship between the Ministry and the EU Delegation to Liberia.
The Ambassador renewed the European Union relationship with the Government of Liberia especially with the Ministry of Gender through the spotlight initiative program supported by the EU. He noted that gender issues have become a priority in many Countries and reaffirmed his commitment in working with the Ministry in implementing more programs and policies.
The Spotlight Initiative is a European Union and United Nations Program which seeks to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls with focus on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Welcoming the Ambassador and his delegation, Madam Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, thanked the EU delegation for their support to the Government of Liberia through the Spotlight Initiative. Minister Tarr recounted the EU valuable contributions to Liberia's peace and security, gender equality, education, health and other areas of importance.
She also recognized that the EU is concern about Female Genital Mutilation eradication and at the moment, the conversation and engagement are ongoing with traditional leaders in changing the minds and perceptions of traditional leaders.
The Gender Boss stated that although rape cases increased during the height of COVID-19, howbeit, the Ministry remains resolute in addressing SGBV cases. Minister Saydee-Tarr outlined the government of Liberia steps taken aimed at addressing rape and other sexual and gender based violence cases.
"An Integrated Anti- SGBV Roadmap 2020-2022 and the declaration of rape as a National Emergency by the Feminist-In-Chief H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia with several other measures, including the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for rape, the setting up of a National Sex Offender Registry, the establishment of a National Security Taskforce on SGBV, and the allotment of an initial amount of Two Million United Sates Dollars for the rolling-out of the Anti-SGBV Roadmap", the Gender Minister expressed.
Minister Tarr was flanked by two of her Deputy Ministers: Parleh D. Harris and Hassan Karneh - Administration, and Research, Policy & Planning respectively as well as Assistant Minister for Children and Social Protection Maminah Carr.