Medica Liberia Hosts Gender Mainstreaming Dialogue With Security Sector

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Medica Liberia is expected will host a one a day dialogue on mainstreaming Gender within Liberia’ security sector on October 12, 2018 in Monrovia.

The dialogue is part of efforts to strengthen and support the Gender and Security Sector Taskforce to enable continued participation of women in security sector reform, decision-making, planning, implementation and oversight. The activities are achievable through the enhanced capacity and operations of gender units and gender focal points trained by Medica Liberia under a UNDP funded program dubbed, “Inclusive Security, nothing for us without us.”

According to Medica Liberia Program Lead and Advocacy Officer Atty. Yah V. Pawon, the dialogue focuses on the importance of mainstreaming gender in the security sector; and to seek a joint commitment from the leadership of national security institutions to increase the representation of women and support the work of gender units within the security sector.

35 senior level decision makers and leaders from 10 security institutions including the Ministry of Defense(MOD), the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL), Liberia Immigration Service(LIS), Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LANSA).

Others are the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), Ministry of Justice(MOJ), Bureau of Corrections(BOC),and the Liberia National Fire Service(LNFS).

The dialogue is also aimed at building synergies at maintaining efforts to ensure that Liberia security sector remains an inclusive security sector that can sustain the peace in Liberia.

Medica Liberia is a women’s rights organization providing psychosocial, legal, reproductive health and advocacy services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The organization activities are carried out in five targeted counties namely, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Margibi and Montserrado Counties respectively.

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