UN Women Supports Liberia’s Gender Ministry in Ebola Response

In scaling up its support in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has presented several anti-Ebola materials to the Ministry of Gender and Development of Liberia (MOGD).

The National Project Manager for Women’s Economic Rights and Livelihoods Project at UN Women Ramon Garway who presented the consignment of materials said the donation was one way the organization is contributing to the fight against the virus by augmenting the efforts of its partners especially the Ministry of Gender and Development.

Mr. Garway said, as part of the UN in Liberia and as a strategic partner to the Gender Ministry, UN Women is supporting the ministry with supplies to enable it reach out to affected communities and vulnerable women and girls.

“These efforts are part other interventions including both technical and logistical supports in combating the epidemic,” he said.

The UN Women donation to the fight against the spread of Ebola contained several cartoons of sanitizers, boxes of Clorox, chlorine, buckets and hundreds of bottles of mineral water.

According to Mr. Garway, UN Women along with the Ministry of Gender and Development is working with its network of women organizations around Liberia to prevent the spread of the virus and respond to the needs of women and girls affected.

He further explained that as the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, UN Women is actively supporting efforts to cater to the welfare of those affected by such a national health crisis.

As a global champion for gender equality, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

 He assured the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell of supporting communities through the Ministry.

Receiving the items, Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell expressed thanks and commended UN Women for supporting the Ministry and working with affected communities in containing the virus.

She explained that on Friday, the Ministry will conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for women in supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

“We will train heads of organizations and expect them to go back in their various communities to provide training also,” she said.

According to the Gender Minister, the Ministry is carrying out a ‘Jehovah Witness’ campaign to combat the Ebola virus, adding that, “We will be giving good packages to our community women and ensure that Ebola is contained.”

Few weeks ago, UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Development presented a consignment of food and non-food items to the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit for patients at that center.

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