Liberia has been named as the winner of this year’s prestigious Millennium Development Goal Three (MDG 3) award for outstanding leadership, commitment and progress toward the achievement of the MDG-3 through the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment across the country. According to the Ministry of Gender and Development, the award has been presented to the country by the MDG Award Committee in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. A statement from the ministry quoting a dispatch from New York, the United States of America, said the Award Committee was particularly impressed by Liberia’s achievement in developing a comprehensive strategy to address the issue of gender and equality.
The decision of the committee, the Ministry said was based on the country’s ratio of female to male enrolled in primary and secondary schools, which according to the ministry has now increased from 72 percent in 2000 to 90 percent in 2009 at the primary level and 71 percent to 75 percent at the secondary level.
The statement also point out the increase in the proportion of seats in the National Legislature from six percent in 1995 to 8 percent in 2000 and now at 13 percent. Still on positive trends, the statement named the creation of a functioning gender policy aimed at strengthening government’s gender policy mechanism; the adoption of a national Action Plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which enhances women participation in governance and protection as well as strengthening the knowledge-base to address women economic empowerment issues such as women role in agriculture, widow support project and fostering policy on gender issues in rural development.
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