Monrovia, 22 November 2016 – The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia will this Wednesday sign two agreements for support to the UN and Government of Liberia Joint Programme on Sexual and Gender Based Violence as well as the UN Women Liberia 2016-2018 Strategic Note.
Under the agreement for the UN Joint Programme on SGBV, Sweden will provide the amount of USD $ 30 Million SEK to support efforts to comprehensively address the escalating cases of sexual and gender based violence and the prevalence of harmful traditional practices, which continue to hamper Liberia’s socio-economic development.
The five year Joint Programme aims to strengthen mechanisms for the prevention of SGBV and mitigate its impact on women, girls and boys in Liberia, ensuring the protection of women and children’s rights, provide safe environment where women and girls can realize their full potential, and support the improvement of the socio-economic status of women in all walks of life.
Led by UN Women together with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNHCR, FAO, OCHR, UN Habitat, WHO, WFP and with support from the UN Mission in Liberia, the Programme focuses on five areas; prevention, response, institutional strengthening, advocacy and social mobilization and coordination.
On the same day, the Embassy of Sweden and UN Women will also sign a funding agreement of 30 Million SEK to support the implementation of the UN Women 2016-2018 Strategic Note.
Aligned to Liberia’s national priorities in the area of gender equality, the UN Women 2016-2018 Strategic Note focuses on three main areas: : 1) Women’s Political Empowerment, 2) Women’s Economic Empowerment and 3) Peace, security and humanitarian Assistance which will also address SGBV.
UN Women will work closely with both the Government of Liberia as well as civil society organizations to reach the objective of enhanced gender equality and to ensure the protection of women and children´s rights, provide a safe environment where women and girls can realize their full potential, shield them from the effects of vulnerability and discrimination and support the improvement of the socio-economic status and capacity of women.