US Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit At Gender 

US Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit At Gender  US Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit At Gender 
US Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit At Gender 
 
On Monday, February 8, 2021 the new United States Ambassador to Liberia, Michael A. McCarthy, paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
 
Amb. McCarthy courtesy visit was centered on enhancing women political participation in politics, girls empowerment, the eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM) and addressing sexual and gender-based violence.
 
Welcoming the Ambassador and his delegation, Madam Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, extolled the United States Government for its continued support to Liberia's economic recovery and in particular, their support to the Ministry of Gender through the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program which is currently being implemented through Give Directly with mobile money payments to aproximately 85,000 vulnerable Liberians. 
 
Minister Tarr told the US Envoy that Gender Ministry and partners are currently dialoguing with Traditional Leaders in ending FGM. She stressed that Alternative Economic Livelihood Program to empower the Traditional Leaders as a way of containing the practice of FGM is on the table for consideration and subsequent support. Minister Saydee-Tarr made mentioned that the Traditional Leaders have been very cooperative in finding lasting solution to ending FGM. According to the Minister,  the willingness exerted by Traditional Leaders to sit and discuss FGM and the fact that they voluntarily suspended the practice in for a year in June of 2019 and conducted inventory, trained and re-licensed zoes are early hopeful signs of ending FGM.
 
"With support from UN Women, we have initiated and facilitated dialogues to increase women’s political participation from grass root levels to consolidate a joint effort in ending domestic violence", the Gender Boss stated.
 
"Women in politics continuous to face cultural barriers, patriarchal behavior, financial constraints among others hurdles that are serving as impediment to achieving women full participation in politics", Minister Tarr averred.
 
Minister Saydee-Tarr informed the US Ambassador of the Anti-Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Roadmap 2020-2022 developed by the government of Liberia and partners to address the scourge of rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence as well as combating existential issues affecting SGBV prevention and response services.
 
Minister Tarr was flanked by three of her Deputy Ministers: Alice Johnson Howard, Parleh D. Harris and Hassan Karneh - Gender, Administration, and Research, Policy & Planning respectively.

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