New York (USA): Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. has called for continuous technical and expert support to strengthen and deepen the global framework for gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
Addressing the United Nations Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs during its consideration of its Agenda Item 26–Advancement of Women, Ambassador Kemayah said strengthened gender strategies and policies will not only empower women but, enhance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ambassador Kemayah, on behalf of the Government of Liberia, highlighted the need for UN Women to increasing the embedment of technical experts to work closely with national governments and ministries to develop capacities on gender mainstreaming interventions at the program and technical levels. He also encouraged UN Women to continue joint efforts with other UN Agencies–UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA on program implementation; noting that joint programs can be more effective and efficient in concretizing national platforms on gender issues.
According to a dispatch from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, the Liberian Envoy used the meeting to emphasize the need to continue gender-responsive budgeting and planning, as budget allocation is key to sustaining efforts at the national level.
In Liberia, Ambassador Kemayah shared that Gender Equality and Women empowerment are among key priorities of the Government’s National Development Plan–the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD); “pioneered by His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, and Liberia’s Feminist-In-Chief”.
Ambassador Kemayah emphasized that Liberia has remained steadfast in creating the enabling and inclusive environment for women and girls to thrive, in spite of daunting challenges, and outlined several initiatives taken to address gender equality and women empowerment; including enactment of laws; and review of necessary policies.