VP Taylor Recommits To Gender Equity
Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has expressed her recommitment to gender equality and other emerging gender issues in the country.
Vice President Howard Taylor made the promise when she paid an early morning working visit to congratulate Minister Williametta Saydee Tarr on her preferment and confirmation as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Making the remarks on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Taylor stated that there are still more challenges to be addressed including girls retention in schools, teenaged pregnancy, prostitution, among others that continue to impede women’s active participation as well as security in society.
The Liberian Vice President also announced that her offices are opened at all times to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, thereby promising to work in close partnership to improve the livelihoods of women and children in Liberia.
The Vice President, who highlighted her role in the establishment of the ministry, then Ministry of Gender, also recounted her meetings at the United Nations Headquarters where there was a call for government ministries and agencies to cater to the affairs of women and gender equality in their respective countries.
She explained how upon her return, she engaged the then President, Charles Taylor, as well as lobbied with the Legislature to pass a law for the creation of the Ministry of Gender in 2003 and to date, there has been lots of achievements during the years of the Ministry’s existence in terms of women empowerment and gender equality.
Meanwhile, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Williametta Saydee Tarr, promised to work along with the offices of the Vice President of Liberia in ensuring that the mandate and functions of the Ministry are achieved and applauded the Vice President for her role in the creation of then Ministry of Gender and being in the forefront of tackling issues relative to women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Minister Tarr also thanked the Vice President for the visit and promised to tap into her knowledge and expertise in ensuring that Liberia moves on the right trajectory to improving women’s empowerment and gender equality.