By N. Dweh Nimley
The United Nations Office for Women (UNWomen) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia has provided office equipment to Liberia’s Human Rights Office at the Ministry of Justice. The support is part of efforts aimed at ensuring the establishment of the Human Rights Office Resource Center.
Equipment provided included projectors, video camera, printers, television, generator, conference table, book to enhance research on human rights issues and materials on peace –building for an improve working of the center.
UNWomen Liberia Country Representative Marie Goreth Nizigama expressed delight when she presented the materials to the Government of Liberia. “Reason we are here today is to handover items for the resource center. This center was established for the coordination of human rights engagement and activities” UNWomen Country Rep Nizigama stressed.
The resource center which is also a one stop center is expected host meetings, conferences and technical working sessions as well as enhancing further reporting on various conventions and universal periodic reports.
The equipment she added is in fulfillment of a project assessment carried out by UNMIL; adding that the center will serve as an open space for dialogue, knowledge and networking amongst stakeholders to address issues of women’s rights in Liberia.
She praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for bringing to limelight women’s central role in human rights and peace as a former Nobel Laurel. The items donated, she noted are significant to accomplishing improvement in human rights and protection activities at the Ministry of Justice.
Speaking earlier, Kutaka Togbah Devine of the Human Rights and Protection Division lauded UNWomen, UNMIL for their continuous support to the human rights division at the MoJ.
For his part, UNMIL HPRS Chief Marcel Akpovo expressed the need for the items to be used for the intended purpose. Mr. Akpovo explained that UNMIL has been working with stakeholders making up government and UN agencies to ensure that rights of women and girls are protected. He thanked the Ministry of Justice for is collaboration and support over the years.
Deputy Justice Minister for Administration Cllr. Wheatonia Y. Dixon-Barnes lauded UNWomen, UNMIL for their support to the country human rights office resource center, especially in the peace-building area. She promised the UN organizations that the items donated will be utilized for the intended purpose