County Structure a Key Priority for Gender Minister

    The prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases in Liberia often goes unreported, particularly in areas where government presence is minimal or where the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection lacks a structured outreach. Consequently, many rural residents endure the enduring trauma of rape, abuse, and related issues.

    Gbeme Teta Horace Kollie, Liberia’s designated Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, pledges a significant shift in support toward county structures, which frequently witness egregious violations of the law but lack the logistical capacity to respond effectively.

    Minister Kollie is steadfast in her commitment to transforming the Ministry by bolstering local structures in each county, thereby intensifying efforts to combat SGBV, domestic violence, and other social vices inherent in the Ministry’s mandate.

    “If confirmed by this honorable body, within the next three months, I will conduct a comprehensive assessment of county structures to identify key challenges and devise strategies to address them,” affirmed Madam Kollie.

    She emphasized, “Under my leadership, we will strive to empower girls with untapped potential, providing them with opportunities to pursue their aspirations.”

    Madam Kollie stressed the importance of publicity and awareness campaigns to educate the public on critical issues surrounding the fight against SGBV. “We will simplify the rape law to facilitate better understanding among the populace,” she stated.

    Expressing her vision for women’s empowerment, Madam Kollie highlighted, “We will support women through initiatives in entrepreneurship, agriculture, and village savings schemes, thereby creating avenues for their economic growth.”

    If confirmed, Madam Kollie will undertake the formidable task of revitalizing the Ministry and providing support to all departments to ensure effective service delivery despite resource constraints.


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