Gender Congratulates Peace Hut Women for Winning UNFPA 2019 Award


The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) has congratulated the National Peace Hut
Women of Liberia for winning the United Nations Population Fund Institutional category Award.

Gender also applauded UNFPA for coordinating the travels and participation of Madam Annie Nushann, who was proudly nominated by the Gender Ministry as the representative Laureate recipient of the award, at a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

The United Nations Population Fund on Thursday, June 20, 2019, presented the Institutional Category Award to the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia. This annual award honors Institution and/or Individual for outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health. Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr extended her Ministry’s congratulations to the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia, for this well-deserving internationally recognized Award, and encourages the National Peace Hut Women to keep the torch of genuine advocacy burning for the betterment of the society.

It can be recalled that upon receiving the calls for nominations from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, under the signature of Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, submitted an application in the institution category for the annual UN Population Award through the Permanent Mission.

According to UNFPA, the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia is a recipient of the Institutional Category Award, due to their indelible impact in helping women and former child soldiers become agents of change in their communities following Liberia’s civil war. The Peace Hut Women provided safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence and rape. The presentation of the Award to the Government of Liberia was held on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Millennium Guest House in Oldest Congo Town Monrovia. The program which was organized by the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia in collaboration with the UN Entity for Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women attracted dignitaries, Civil Society Actors, CSOs, etc.

Presenting the award to the Government of Liberia, Madam Annie Nushann thanked the Liberian Government for her supports to Peace Hut and she expressed how proud her Institution is to present the award to the Liberian Government. “We thank the UN Family for the award and it is a sign that women of Liberia should unite, respect, and honor the peace of the Country and work together to move the country forward”. Madam Nushann stated. In addition to the Award presented to the Government of Liberia, the Peace Hut Women also submitted the monetary value of the Prize in a cheque of twelve thousand five hundred United States Dollars ($12,500.00), and the Award’s Gold Medal to the Government of Liberia.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Gender Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr conveyed that it is a direct representation that the work of the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia was appreciated and did not go unnoticed, as exemplified by the conferring of this prize on them, by the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA).

“This award has come at the right time for women especially so that the President has signed into law the Domestic Violence Act of 2019, which shows that the Government of Liberia is making strides in fighting for the rights, protection and economic empowerment of women”, Minister Tarr stressed. The Gender Boss stated that a lot can be achieved when women of Liberia unite and work together.

Special remarks were delivered
by the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, H. E. Ingrid Wetterqvuist, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and Madam Marie Goreth Nizigama, who were all honored by the National Peace Hut Women.

Ambassador Wetterqvist for her part shared that the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia was the first institution that she learned about when she first came to Liberia. She further observed that Liberian women have not fully grasped the collective strength they have. She, therefore, called on them to begin talking about poverty, challenges women faced and the legacy of the war- as there is no better healing time than now. The Ambassador called on Liberian men to walk out of their comfort zones and support Liberian women in fighting for their rights. “My Government-mandated me to talk about gender issues, women issues, and men Issues - as they relate to gender equality”, the Swedish Ambassador concluded.

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee recounted her role in the formative stage of Peace Hut history and called on the women of Liberia to stay engaged in peacebuilding, advocating for women’s rights and work collectively for the common good of all as government cannot do it all.

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