Liberia along with Sierra Leone and Guinea will today, March 18, 2015, lead a joint panel discussion under the topic “Bending The Curve,” at the ongoing 59th Session on the Commission of The status of Women (CSW) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA.

The discussion will focus on the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on women and girls in the affected Manor River Union (MRU) countries while the panelists for the Mano River Union (MRU) side event will include Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP), Julia Duncan-Cassell and Minister Sanaba Kaba of Guinea’s Ministry of Social Action, Women and Children as well as Minister Moijue Kaikai of Sierra Leone.

The event will build on strategic gains achieved in the area of addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of Ebola and at the same time, the focus of the government side event at the CSW on the impact of EVD on women within the framework of the Mano River Union Secretariat is to share the EVD experience within a regional context of West Africa.

Particularly, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea’s EVD regional experience sharing on the platform of the International ECOSOC and the platform of the CSW are pivotal roles in mobilizing support in regards to technical and resources to further scale up the interventions particularly in the recovery phase.

This platform, according to the organizers will also provide scope for sharing and disseminating EVD response strategies from a gender perspective include documentaries on best practices and lessons from EVD survivors.

Additionally, the ultimate goal of the side-event is to rally partnership for effective, efficient and sustainable interventions in the campaign to halt and reverse the spread of the Ebola virus and to transform the energies for stigmatizing response countries and communities into taking shared responsibility toward Ebola prevention and life-saving interventions.

It is expected that the session will contribute to increased support from partners including the bilateral, multilateral and private actors for Ebola response during the recovery phase with particular focus on revitalizing the socioeconomic potentials of women in affected countries.

The Country Representative of UN Women Liberia, Awa Ndiaye Seck will serve as moderator for the event while other African Union members including western states, the EU, United Nations will be in attendance.

The ongoing EVD crisis, which started in West Africa early this year, has been described as the biggest outbreak in history, and is designated as posing a serious public health threat of international magnitude.

The outbreak had significant economic implications for women and girls, restrictions on movement between affected countries, designed to halt the spread of the disease, have resulted in a shortage of available goods and services. As well as jeopardized the livelihoods of women in particular.


Article sourced via All Africa

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