The United Nations in Liberia
The United Nations is represented by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as well as 16 agencies, funds, programmes, and the World Bank. All UN programmes in Liberia are aligned with the national medium-term strategy, the Agenda for Transformation 2013-2017. Initiatives are underway in each of the national strategy's four Pillars: Peace, Security and Rule of Law; Economic Transformation; Human Development; and, Governance and Public Institutions.
Monrovia, Liberia. Men are “tough”, “dominant”, the “breadwinner “of the family; women are the “caretakers of the children”, supposed to “cook for the family”, “be submissive to the partner” and “be faithful”.
These are some of the expectations that society places on men and women, according to UN staff members from different agencies in Liberia, who took part in an interactive session where they were asked to reverse gender roles and explain the meaning of ‘acting as a woman’ and ‘acting as a man’. The role play was part of an event held on 25th November which was organized by UN Women to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of the 16 Days of Activism under the theme “Men as agents of change in ending violence against women”.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 26 November, 2013 (UNHCR):The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia has assisted 16,232 Ivorian refugees to voluntarily return to Côte d'Ivoire this year. The number of refugees repatriated in 2013 is twice the combined total of about 8,000 Ivorian refugees repatriated in 2011 and 2012.
The latest batch of 411 refugees crossed over the Cestos River by boat from Buutuo communities in Nimba County into Douhouba in western Côte d'Ivoire, bringing to total number of refugees to return this year to just over 16,000.More...
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
25 November 2013.Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. It is violence against families, communities, nations and humanity. It is a threat to international peace and security, as recognized by the UN Security Council. It has reached a crisis point and demands action from all of us, young and old, women and men.More...