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Reversing the tide of rising violence against women in Liberia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her. She is among a minority of survivors whose rapist was eventually prosecuted and sentenced to prison. Under Liberia’s Rape Law of 2005, statutory rape or sexual intercourse with minors is a non-bailable offence. However, a proposed amendment that is now with the House of Representatives, could make statutory rape a bailable offence. UN Women, together with partners is advocating for stronger laws and engaging community leaders to prevent violence against women and girls. More

Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women

Monday, August 7, 2017

In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people who have registered to vote, according to Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC). UN Women is working with Liberian civil society organizations, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the NEC and the media to boost... More

Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

Monday, July 17, 2017

With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In the remote areas, infrastructure and facilities in clinics are often lacking; midwives and health workers have to deliver babies without any electricity at night. With the installation of solar lighting systems by UN Women and partners, conditions have improved in 26 clinics and five newly constructed Maternal Waiting Rooms across Liberia. More

From where I stand: “Some demand sex before awarding a contract”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sarah Quaye Reeves is a proud restaurant owner whose business has grown and become more competitive since the expansion of business registration and other services came to her city. But her number one challenge remains the daily sexual harassment from some of her male customers. More

UN Women Executive Director and Canadian Prime Minister to visit Liberia

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka starts her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with a visit to Liberia from 23 to 25 November. During the visit, she will take part in a high-level panel on the empowerment and leadership of women and girls, alongside President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. More

Signaling a boost for gender equality, Liberia passes the ‘Affirmative Action Bill’

Monday, October 3, 2016

On 29 September, the Liberian House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven ‘Special Constituencies’, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled. More

Strong steps forward for the African continent as Nigeria and Liberia undertake new legislation

Friday, September 30, 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the occasion of parliamentarians in Nigeria and Liberia taking positive steps to directly support inclusivity and create opportunities for women. More

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Across the globe, women are still only a tiny portion of the security sector, but across Africa, some inroads are being made. More

“Water and sanitation…is MDG unfinished business” — Executive Director

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch of the Liberia and Sierra Leone Regional WEE/WASH Programme on 17 March 2016 in New York More

Executive Director briefs the Security Council on Liberia

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Statement to the Security Council meeting on Liberia by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 17 March 2016, New York. More

Executive Director visits Liberia

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

From 26 February to 1 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking a five-day high-level joint visit to Liberia, alongside the Executive Director of Oxfam, Winifred Byanyima. More

Peace Huts help Liberian women rise, post-Ebola

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited the small fishing village of Little Bassa, located in the southern region of Liberia, to rededicate the women’s Peace Hut and to hear first-hand about their experiences working as peacemakers and peacebuilders. More

Liberia tunes into women’s voices

Monday, February 29, 2016

Women’s voices and women’s issues are often the last on the media’s agenda—if at all. But at Liberia Women Democracy Radio, 91.1 FM, women have been broadcasting their issues in their way since August 2010. More

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages. More

In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hard-hit by closed markets and travel restrictions, some 2,500 women cross-border traders will receive cash transfers via mobile technology from the Central Bank of Liberia with a grant from UN Women to help them save and expand their businesses. More

At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

Friday, October 10, 2014

Through radio programmes, psychosocial support and training women’s networks, UN Women is supporting efforts to address the gender dimension of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. However, considering the devastating emotional and psychological effects of the Ebola. More

As front-line caretakers in Ebola crisis, women and girls need gender-based humanitarian response, Gender Alert says

Friday, September 26, 2014

As of 18 September, 5,335 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where transmission of the disease is widespread. The combined death toll in these countries has reached 2,622, setting the mortality rate at 49 per cent. As front-line healthcare workers and caretakers in their communities, women face a greater risk of contracting the disease. More

Women as everyday peacebuilders critical to nation-building

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Women’s daily peacebuilding stories often remain untold. To bring such voices to light, the UN Peacebuilding Commission, under the chairpersonship of Brazil, held a session entitled “Women, Everyday Peacebuilders” on 3 September 2014. The session brought together women peace activists from Colombia, Kenya and Liberia, delegates to the Peacebuilding Commission and senior UN officials. More

Ebola outbreak takes its toll on women

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Women are on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with female nurses representing the majority of the medical personnel who have died from the virus. More

Remarks by Executive Director at a side event on How the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia is Spearheading the Market Women’s Movement across Africa

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a side event on How the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia is Spearheading the Market Women’s Movement across Africa, New York, 12 March 2014 More

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