The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the United Nations Community Development Fund has ended a two day workshop on the review of the Council’s Development Plan at the Kenema District Council hall in Kenema City.
In her statement the UNDP’s gender advisor Olivia Liwewe said the workshop was a follow up of the recently launched Gender Equitable Local Development programme aimed at empowering women to stand up and speak in public. She also said the review workshop was organized to incorporate Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) programmes into the Kenema City and District Council’s plans in the eastern region. The project, she explained is aimed at helping the Council’s mainstream gender in their annual budgets in order to allow women to participate in development activities at grass root levels. She added that Kenema City and District Councils are part of a broader African pilot groups implementing the project and therefore must work hard around the clock in projecting the good image of the country to the international world.
Olivia further said the workshop will help Kenema City and District Councils develop new skills and ability to examine beneficiaries and gender empowerment in the country. Earlier in his statement the chairman of the occasion who also doubles as the Principal Officer in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) in Kenema District Patrick Bangura said women have been realized as bearers of children for far too long and called on all to help empower women for the development of the country, saying when you empower a male you have empowered an individual but when you empower a female you have empowered the nation. Mr Bangura lauded the effort of UNCDF, UNDP and its partners for bringing the Gender Equality Local Development programme to the door step of the people of Kenema District noting women should be given the privilege to be partners of development. He called for total support for the women folk at all time. By Saffa Moriba