Increase Coordination, Gender Boss Tells UN Women

Increase Coordination, Gender Boss Tells UN Women
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr has encouraged UN Women to strengthen coordination and trim its workings in synergy with the government of Liberia Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
Minister Tarr made the statement at a virtual high-level consultation on the Development of the UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025 West and Central Africa Regions.
The strategic plan which was held on Monday, January 11, 2021 was hinged on three core areas: programs/projects UN Women is doing well and should scale up; Optimizing impact with limited resources, what areas of work should be prioritized and how can Member States support UN Women in resourcing the above priorities.
The Gender Boss lauded UN Women for the following ongoing programs: UN Women involvement with the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia; UN Women support to the Economic Empowerment program of women; UN Women support to the annual All Men Conference and the Women Political Participation program.
Despite the gains made, Minister Saydee-Tarr urged UN women to scale up or rather change the approach towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM) particularly as it relates to the alternative livelihoods of traditional leaders.
According to the Gender Minister, it's time to increase coordination around economic empowerment of women as per their direct needs especially women in agriculture and informal means of livelihood with special attention to young women on the cusp of adolescent and womanhood.
"There is a need for the Ministry to have inputs to the UN Women’s Country Operations Plan to build synergy with national development plans and the Ministry’s strategic plan that will directly inform the country’s needs in terms of UN Women workings in line with the government’s workings", Minister Tarr noted.
In furtherance, Minister Tarr stated that it's very important to look at what is obtaining locally as the world is becoming fluid and as such the strategic plan should not be set in stone.
She told UN Women to harness local technical support with country context high on the agenda.
"We need to work under one umbrella with a goal of fulfilling the government of Liberia's agenda as it regards our mandate", Minister Saydee-Tarr expressed.
In optimizing impact with limited resources, the Gender Minister outlined the following: the need for UN Women to support response services, particularly safe homes - establishment and refurbishment, as well as operational support; implement robust awareness support to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and find alternative solutions for FGM practitioners; Increase coordination and support to strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems within the Ministry – to include logistical and technical support. 
"Member states can support UN Women in resourcing the above priorities by continuous engagement to mobilize resources to address some of the immediate needs and providing skillful human resources to implement projects and programs", Gender Minister Saydee-Tarr concluded.

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