– Gender Minister
Liberia’s Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell has spoken positively of the country’s commitment to accelerating gender equality, to ensure the advancement of women across Liberia and the world.
Speaking ahead of the First Plenary Session of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Minister Cassell assured the world that Liberia was on the right trajectory for the “50 – 50” (fifty-fifty) gender equality quest, considering progress being made by the Liberia Government and people towards gender equality. A dispatch from New York quoted the Gender Minister as making specific
reference to current discussions on the Domestic Violence Act, the Gender Equity Bill and the implementation of the Country’s National Gender Policy as critical indicators and instruments creating the enabling environment for gender mainstreaming in Liberia.
According to the dispatch, the Liberian Government was taking practical steps aimed at empowering women, as well as creating opportunities that harness gender equality. The dispatch quoted the minister as naming women civil societies and NGOs, traditional and rural women structures, Cross-border Trade women, Women in politics, women Law-makers, Female Judges and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, as well as women representatives of ministries and agencies, women living with disabilities, HIV and AIDS, Ebola survivors, Adolescent young girls and boys and market women as composition of the high power delegation representing the country.
Minister Cassell, at the head of the Liberian delegation, spoke upon arrival at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme for the 60th session is “women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development”.It will focus on creating a conducive environment for gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through actions to ensure enabling
laws and policies.
It also seeks solid institutional infrastructures and adequate financial resources investment in sex-disaggregated data to guide national action, according to the Gender Ministry dispatch from New York. March 14 – 25 is set aside every year to celebrate women advancement across the world, and to take relevant steps that promote gender equality around the world.