Objectives

1. Protection:

- Provide psycho-social and trauma counseling to women and girls. 

- Protect the rights and strengthen security for women and girls. 

- Increase access to quality health education for women and girls with a specific emphasis on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.

2. Prevention:

- Prevent all types of violence against women and girls, including sexual and gender-based violence.

3. Participation and Empowerment:

- Promote women’s full participation in all conflict prevention, peace-building and post-conflict recovery processes.

- Empower women through increased access to housing and natural resources and strengthen their participation in the management of the environment.

4. Promotion:

- Promote the involvement of women’s groups in the implementation of the LNAP and advocate for increased access to resources for both the Government and women’s    groups. 

- Promote the participation of girls in conflict prevention, early warning, peace security and post-conflict recovery issues through education and training. 

- Enhance the technical and institutional capacities of governmental and civil society actors, including women’s groups to effectively implement the LNAP. 

- Promote the full involvement of governmental and civil society actors, including women’s groups in the monitoring and evaluation of the LNAP.

Commentary:

Liberia’s history plays a large role in its involvement with the WPS agenda. As Liberia continues to strengthen its own institutions post-conflict, there is still a heavy UN presence in the country, both as foreign peacekeepers in the peacekeeping mission but also as domestic advisors strengthening the institutional capacity of government. The presence of the UN is explicitly addressed in this NAP. It means that Liberian policy is heavily influenced and supported by UN frameworks, but also that the UN’s ability to implement the WPS agenda amongst peacekeeping forces  heavily influences how WPS is experienced on the ground in Liberia outside of the scope of the domestic NAP. Liberia’s post-conflict trajectory, led initially by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has always had an awareness of the role of gender in conflict and in conceptualizing power. The NAP pays tribute to this history. The plan places a heavy focus on increasing women’s participation, and it recognizes the role of women in security and post-conflict peace-building efforts, going farther than many NAPs to take seriously women as active participants rather than only conflict victims. This NAP only runs through 2013, and an updated NAP has yet to be published.

Civil Society:

Civil Society was consulted in the drafting process, although it the government and UN advisors remain the primary drafters and implementors of the NAP. This is especially true given the large UN presence in the country. However, the fourth Promotion pillar recognizes the need to continue engaging with civil society and women’s groups, including increasing their access to resources and capacity training.


Peacekeeping Statistics:


Troops: 14 out of 105

Staff Officers: 2 out of 12

Experts on Mission:2 out of 2


References:

https://www.wpsnaps.org/app/uploads/2019/09/Liberia-NAP-2009-2013.pdf

https://www.wpsnaps.org/nap/liberia-national-action-plan/


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