Freetown, Sierra Leone – The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED), in collaboration with UN Women Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, spearheaded a two-day Technical Consultative Meeting. This meeting focused on integrating gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment into the formulation of the forthcoming Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) for 2024-2030.
Key stakeholders from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), representatives from Trade Unions, and the Private Sector actively participated in the discussions held at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel in Freetown. The primary objective was to review the Advanced Draft of the MTNDP 2024-2030, with a specific emphasis on incorporating gender and women’s issues into the national plan.
Charles B. Vandi, Deputy Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, reflected on the achievements of the previous MTNDP 2019-2023. He highlighted the strides made in empowering women, children, and persons with disabilities. Vandi affirmed the ministry’s commitment to amplifying the voices of women and children within the final plan.
Madam Carol Hannon, Head of Development at the Embassy of Ireland, commended the collaborative effort, emphasizing a dedication to making the national plan transformative for gender equality. Madam Baindu Massaquoi from UN Women Sierra Leone stressed the global significance of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the integral role of Sierra Leone in this global endeavour.
In addition, Madam Kenyeh Barlay, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, expressed gratitude to UN Women for their support and underscored the importance of these meetings in enriching the MTNDP.
As the facilitator for both meetings, Dr. Sheka Bangura, Director of Planning, Policy and Research at MoPED, expressed gratitude for the support received. He anticipated further productive engagements in shaping the national plan into an inclusive and comprehensive strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, emphasizing a call to action. The collaborative effort aims to pave the way for a more gender-inclusive and transformative national development plan for Sierra Leone. PSN/6/12/2023