Gender Ministry Slams Finance Ministry
-Bias Against Women
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, (MoGCSP), is deeply concerned about reports that female employees of the Ministry of Finance, and Development Planning, (MoFDP) are being restricted from entering the building for wearing colored or unnatural hair.
A local media outlet recently reported that a number of female employees of MoFDP are currently away from work, because they have been instructed to wear only ‘black colored-natural hair.’In view of this, given the ramifications of such distressing situation at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, MoGCSP through the office of the Minister, has engaged authorities at the MoFDP to first ascertain the veracity of the story which if true, they have decided to constructively engage them at the Finance Ministry to revisit said policy.
The authorities of MoFDP have confirmed to the Finance Minister that the policy on hair color and styles were a part of their Employee Handbook published in 2014, adding that Section 7.4 of the Employee Handbook discourages the use of unnatural colored hair (such as Green, Pink, etc) and her hairstyles.
The Gender Minister then encouraged MoFDP authorities to revisit such policy and to ensure that an amended version is in conformity with this present government’s own agenda for the protection of women’s rights, given the fact that both President Dr. George M. Weah and Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., are women’s rights champions and activists.
Though the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection welcomes the setting up of internal workplace regulations, it seriously frowns on any kind of policy that discriminates against women.
The Decent Work Law of Liberia clearly defines discrimination as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
In cooperation with the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Williametta Saydee-Tarr, the MoGCSP calls on all public and private institutions to harmonize their policies in line with the National Code of Conduct and Decent Work Bill, and make necessary amendments to avoid the violation of women’s rights.