The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland accredited near Monrovia, Joanna Tarnaska, on Monday, January 21, 2020 paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection

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Monrovia, Liberia - The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland accredited near Monrovia, Joanna Tarnaska, on Monday, January 21, 2020, paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Amb. Tarnaska courtesy visit was centered on the challenges women and girls encounter relative to economic empowerment, political participation in politics, trafficking, the status of schoolgirls drop out due to pregnancy amongst other pressing issues that posed as barriers in exploring women's full potential.

Welcoming the Polish Ambassador, Madam Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, expressed her gratitude to Amb. Tarnaska for the courtesy visit and noted that said visit will enhance a sustainable partnership aimed at addressing many impermissible barriers women and children continue to grapple with.

Minister Saydee-Tarr informed Amb Tarnaska of ongoing programs at the Ministry of Gender which include amongst others: The EU Spotlight Initiative - a fully-funded European Union and United Nations program to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices and increase women's and girls' access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Liberia Social Safety Net Project - a Social Cash Transfer (SCT) Program that provides income support to approximately 10,000 extremely poor and food-insecure households in Liberia through regular cash transfers and Accompanying Measures (AM).

Women and Girls Economic Empowerment - an annual program that affords young women and girls the platform to gather and discuss issues affecting them and develop concrete action plans to address them in their respective communities.

Vulnerable Girls Program - a program that caters to over one hundred vulnerable girls by providing educational and material supports to ensure their retention in school.

Minister Tarr also stated that the Ministry is glad to have a law that seeks to abolish all forms of violence meted against women, children and men (Domestic Violence Act)

The Gender Boss was flanked by three of her Deputy Ministers: Alice Johnson Howard, Lydia Mai Sherman, and Hassan Karneh -Gender, Children & Social Protection and Research, Policy & Planning respectively.

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