Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.
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Author: Freida M’Cormack
New governments in both countries could reverse their poor track by learning from local projects
Neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing post-conflict transitions. And in both countries, national elections are ushering in new administrations. In March, elections will be held in Sierra Leone, and in January, George Weah took over as Liberia’s president from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Monrovia - On 14 December 2017, the Ministries of Justice, Defense and Gender, Children and Social Protection supported by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) convened a Conference of Women in the Security Sector under the slogan ‘Nothing for Us, Without Us,’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises.
The Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FeJAL) trained journalists in Voinjama, Lofa County from 28 to 30 November 2017. The initiative titled: Gender Sensitive Reporting; fairer portrayal of Women in the Media was funded by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)’s Quick Impact Project to strengthen the skills of journalists and editors to analyze facts, issues and data from a gender perspective.
In Liberia, gender biases result in severe limitations to women’s inclusion at all levels. USAID/Liberia regards gender as a crosscutting theme and works to integrate gender issues across its entire portfolio. We work with government to address gender constraints and promote equitable and inclusive development by promoting access to economic opportunities for women; increasing women’s political participation; and increasing women’s access to critical social services, including education and health.
In the small fishing village of Little Bassa, located in the southern region of Liberia, hundreds of local women leaders under the UN Women-supported Peace Hut Initiative danced in excitement as they received UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and her delegation on 27 February. She visited Little Bassa to rededicate the women’s Peace Hut and to hear first-hand about their experiences working as peacemakers and peacebuilders.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General wishes to pay tribute to the first-ever all-female Formed Police Unit deployed to a United Nations peacekeeping operation, which will end its mission in Liberia after nine years. The 125 women and supporting personnel will return to India this weekend.
It is an honor to again present to you this Third Quarter Edition of the UN Women Liberia Newsletter.
With your support, UN Women has accelerated its programme delivery; expanded its reach to more vulnerable women; and built strategic partnerships for positioning the gender agenda in ongoing national policy and reform processes.
Episcopal Relief & Development and the humanitarian arm of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL-RD) have expanded their gender-based violence prevention and response program through a $680,000 grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
The Ebola crisis in Liberia exposed the vulnerabilities of the country’s health and response system, challenged religious and cultural beliefs and further exacerbated other pre-existing vulnerabilities, particularly affecting women and girls. WHO cumulative disaggregated figures indicate 47% of the victims were women and 53% men. Irrespective of the male/female ratio of cumulative cases, there are significant gender dimensions of the crisis that need to be taken into consideration during the post-Ebola recovery phase.
Study commissioned by Finn Church Aid Leena Kotilainen, February 2015
This study examines the gendered impacts of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia in the largest outbreak of EVD ever recorded. The findings are based on an extensive two-week desk study and one-week participatory field study conducted in January 2015 in the cities of Monrovia and Buchanan in Liberia.
As of 18 Sept 2014, the cumulative number of Ebola cases (probable, confirmed and suspected) in the countries with widespread and intense transmission (i.e. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) stands at 5,335, with 2,622 recorded deaths. This equates to a mortality rate of 49%. In addition, countries with initial case or cases, or with localized transmission have 21 cases and 8 deaths in Nigeria and 1 case in Senegal. Approximately 45% of the total number of reported cases were recorded within the past four weeks1.
Ebola is indeed a great scare. News coverage of the outbreak, which has included sensational and heartbreaking stories of bodies of Ebola patients left to rot in the streets, clashes brought about by resisting quarantine, and narratives that have bluntly declared that there is “no end in sight” to the outbreak have indeed painted a picture of impending doom. As of 4 September, the virus has resulted in 1841 deaths in the three worst Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since its outbreak in March, according to the latest update from the WHO issued that day.
Supporting Gender-responsive Local Government in Liberia
[September] Liberia’s decentralization process has received a more broader and inclusive perspective with the completion of a study to identify major gaps and opportunities that need to be addressed in order to establish a gender-responsive foundation for effective local government and to harness the full potential of women to contribute to the process.
This report examines the research undertaken by a consortium of government and non-government agencies working in Liberian schools, commissioned to research School Related Gender Based Violence.
Rape and sexual assault have persisted in the post-conflict era in Liberia; the country has one of the highest incidences of sexual violence against women in the world. Rape is the most frequently reported crime, accounting for more than one-third of sexual violence cases; targets are largely adolescent girls, and almost 40% of perpetrators are adult men known to victims.
- By its resolution 2066 (2012), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2013 and requested me to keep it regularly informed of the situation on the ground as UNMIL continues its reconfiguration, as well as on progress towards achieving the transition benchmarks and on the development of a transition plan with the Government of Liberia. The present report provides the requested information, as well as an update on major developments since my report of 15 August 2012 (S/2012/641).
The UN's peacekeeping mission in Liberia has been working to reduce that country's high rate of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), a legacy of its devastating 14-year civil war. Until recently, however, the mission failed to engage the one institution that most Liberians use most of the time to redress grievances, namely, customary justice.
Peace without Security: Violence against Women and Girls in Liberia
Violence against women and girls—which was a widespread and sinister feature of atrocities committed during Liberia’s 14 years of civil conflict—has long been a serious problem in the country, both prior to the hostilities and since.
Reproductive choice and women’s empowerment