UNFPA Honors Deddeh Kwekwe
-As VP Taylor Calls For Political Will To Fight SGBV
Former Gender Based Violence coordinator at the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Deddeh Kwekwe has been honored by UNFPA for outstanding commitment and dedicatory role play in the fight against SGBV in Liberia.
Receiving the certificate of honor presented to her by Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of Liberia, Madam Kwekwe lauded the UN system in Liberia for its support to the Liberian Government through the Ministry Gender in the fight against SGBV.Speaking at the program held at one of UN houses in Sinkor, Vice President Howard Taylor stressed the need for strong political will across all sectors to implement programs committed to gender equality and the elimination of negative social customs such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
“In order for this to be eradicated from our country, it requires the efforts of all citizens, including males, females, partners, government, and policymakers, among others,” she emphasized.
The Liberian Vice President made the statement recently at program marking the national celebration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) @25 and United Nations Population Funds @50.
She explained that UNFPA has made tremendous impact in Liberia by providing contraceptives with the potential to avert an estimated 30,800 maternal deaths, 11.6 million unintended pregnancies and 3.6 million unsafe abortions.
Taylor added: “They have also trained thousands of health workers, treated 22,000 women and girls living with fistula, reached more than 2 million marginalized girls with life skills programs and one million more with prevention and protection services related to child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Meanwhile, VP Taylor added that the government needed to put in place holistic plans and programs which when harnessed, could engender a new wave of energy and enthusiasm in driving the country to not only rapid growth and sustained economic development, but also engenders tenants of unity, inclusiveness and a patriotic spirit which will truly lift Liberia.