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Liberia

For the period of 2019-2023

Objectives/aims:

1.- Prevention of relapse into conflict and all forms of structural and physical violence against women and girls, including SGBV violence and the threat of terrorism.

2.- Protection women, young women and girls’ safety, physical and mental health are assured,and their human rights respected.

3.- Participation of women, young women and girls in decision-making processes related to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts and countering terrorism.

4.- Reliefand recovery - women and girls’ specific needs are met in relief, recovery and peacebuilding interventions, including under threat of terrorism and especially those most vulnerable to violence.

Commentary:

Liberia’s civil wars lasted 14 years and ended in 2003 with the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Since then, the country has moved from a transitional government through three presidential elections, in 2005, 2011 and 2017. The first post-conflict elected President was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was also the first woman President in Africa.

 

Civil Society:  

The second generation of Liberia’s National Action Plan was revised andwritten after receipt of recommendations from civil society.

 

Women in Peacekeeping:

Liberia’s NAP lists the existing and prevailing structural barriers to women’s participation in peace and security processes which include:

·     weak and inadequate representation of womenin national and local decision-making processes;

·     insufficient and unequal access to natural andeconomic resources;

·     strengthening of gender discriminatory relations within society and the family, and

·     a poorly developed community infrastructure.

As a consequence there has been an increase infeminisation of poverty – creating barriers to women’s participation in all spheres of public life and activities.

 

UN Peacekeeping Statistics:

Contingent:   14 out of 105

Experts:  3 out of 4

Staff Officers:  1 out of 12

Sources:

  1. Liberia's NAP
  2. UN Peacekeeping contributions


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