Liberia’s first ever statistics book on Gender equality has been officially launched in the Country.
The resource document work started in April of 2017 and captured all sectors of Liberia from the fifteen political sub divisions of the Country.
According to the Director of Research Statistics and Demographics at the Ministry of Education Leah T. Zinnah the resource material gathered over the period is rich, informative and will serve as a working tool for Liberia’s growth process.
Two Ministries and an Agency of Government including an international group were all instrumental to the success of the national instrument namely: The Ministry of Education, Governance Commission, The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the International Group, Center Action Resource Training (CART)
In a move to give the document further international flavor the four members team traveled to Sweden to acquire some international knowledge including experience from all Countries as far as gender related issues are concerned.
The book Mrs. Zinnah told journalists at the launching program on Tuesday September 11, 2018 cut across gender issues and is meant to among other things highlight as well as to preach the message of gender equality across the Country.
She added that gender statistics will help a lot in several areas of Liberia to include Job employment, planning, development policy and many others.
Also speaking at the program was Linus Garp of (ITP) who praised Liberia’s participants for a great job done during the course of the training.
He recognized Liberia’s achievement for been the first African Country to produce a female President (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) but was quick to echo that more needs to be done in Liberia in order to address several gender equality related issues noticed across this nation.
Linus encouraged national Government to use the findings from the book to make several positive interventions in the best interest of the Country’s democratic process.
For his part the Senior Statistician, Social Statistics at the Liberia Institute of Statistic and Geo- Information Services (LISGIS) Daniel F. Kingsley emphasize the need for Liberia to do more resource and statistical work which will help policy makers take necessary and informed decision for the betterment of Liberia.
“Proper, adequate and valid decision can only be reached and or taken when you have solid based evidence which can be derived from statistics” says Patricia Togba, Technical Assistant for Research, Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection.
She said with statistics relevant agency of government can know the ratio of boys and girls in and out of schools and many others and such information can be useful to making major decision which she pointed out has been lacking over the period.
Meanwhile Lorpu Manneh representing the Ministry of Education at the launching program recommends the need for gender responsive education sector planning which she indicated is crucial to effective gender equality issues in Liberia.
Madam Manneh also call for the inclusion of more capacity building mechanism across all sectors something she added will help strength key actors and improve productivity in the Country.
Soft and hard copies of the Gender Book after final finishing touches will be distributed to all sectors of the Country in the coming days as a means of better informing decision makers on the cross cutting issues surrounding gender equality of Liberia.
It is as well expected that upon the reading of the national document key steps and or interventions can be made by duty bearers all in a move to address and or improve gender equality issues across Liberia.