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Medica Liberia Trains Security Officers

-On Gender Issues

A non-for-profit Organization medica Liberia has organized a project cycle management training for 40 members of gender units within the security sector of Liberia.

The training is part of a series of capacity development activities geared towards enhancing the operationalization and effectiveness of gender units. The overall outcome is to mainstream gender in the ongoing security sector reform in Liberia.

Speaking at the start of a four-day project management training workshop for security personal held in Monrovia, medica Liberia Advocacy Officer Atty. Yah Parwon said, the project   aims at enhancing the capacity of gender structures within national security institutions.

She said it will ensure that duty bearers are responsive to the differential security needs of women and girls in conformity with international and national policy and legal frameworks including the Liberia National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security.

Atty. Parwon said many gains have been made by government and non-government partners in mainstreaming gender issues in the ongoing security sector reform of Liberia and that the mL/UNDP project aims at building on those gains.

For her part, the coordinator of the Gender and Security Sector Network Taskforce Maude Somah challenge security Personal to take gender issues very seriously in their various work places.

She at the same time thanked medica Liberia, UNDP and the UN Women for supporting gender issues in the Security sector and Liberia at large.

Medica Liberia is a women’s rights organization operating in five counties in Liberia. The organization offers support to women and girls who have been affected by Sexual and Gender Based Violence. mL has been implementing response and prevention services for survivors of SGBV since 2006.

mL is implementing a project with support from UNDP entitled “Strengthening Capacity for Gender Responsive Security Institutions”. The project   aims at enhancing the capacity of gender structures within national security institutions to ensure that duty bearers are responsive to the differential security needs of women and girls in conformity with international and national policy and legal frameworks including the Liberia National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security.

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