President Ernest Bai Koroma Monday 23 March hosted the Executive Director of the UN Women Dr Mlambo Ngcuka at State House, Freetown.
The team is in the country to review gender mainstreaming in Sierra Leone and to also assess the impact of the Ebola outbreak on women and also assess the national Ebola recovery strategy.
The Executive Director of the UN Women Dr Mlambo Ngcuka appreciated government’s efforts in promoting women’s issues and stated that part of UN Women’s efforts was to renew their commitment to countdown to zero new infections, saying that one of the biggest force to the countdown to zero is women as their resilience was amazing and left no stone unturned in that regard. She expressed hope that President Koroma will help to lead the embrace of men of gender equality and support for the HeforShe Campaign while registering support to addressing maternal mortality, teenage pregnancy and support economic activities of women across the country.
President Koroma pointed out that government was now focused on getting to zero infection and appealed to the women to work closely with the government to achieve that objective. “I want us to get to zero so that we can reengage the programmes that were focused on addressing women’s issues in the country,” he said, and added that the country has put in place legislations that need to be implemented, establish the relevant structures and continue sensitization to ensure that the gender laws are implemented.
President Koroma underscored the need to reach zero infection and informed the UN Envoy about women’s contribution and excellence in manning top government institutions in the country.