UNDP supports gender parity debate among Universities

Apr 1, 2016

Members of the winning team from the United Methodist University conferring during the debate

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organized a two-day debate held under the theme: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.  

The debate was designed as a platform where the students critically discussed the necessity of gender parity and how to collectively work together to eliminate gender biases that serve to impede women's representation and participation in electoral process with focus on the 2017 Elections.

The debate was intended to create awareness among university students on gender parity and the passage of the affirmative action’s bill of 2016 and its impact.

The two -day event held in the conference room of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) brought together over two-hundred students various universities and high selected schools in Monrovia. In the first round of games, UL defeated AMEZU while UMU defeated AMEU.

Four universities participated in the debate including, the University of Liberia (UL), African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), African Methodist Zion University (AMEZU) and United Methodist University (UMU).

The United Methodist University (UMU) emerged as winner after defeating the University of Liberia in the finals.

"It is a time to build your characters, time you build your profiles, time to gain your confidence and talk before people...." the Deputy Country Director for Programme at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Cleophas Torori told students in remarks at the close of the two-day inter-university debate on gender parity in Liberia.

Mr. Torori said the inter-university debate is one of the places and mediums through which women issues can be put under the spotlight for debates and probable influence over decision making processes.

He called for the decentralization of the debate process to different sectors of the society for greater participation. Mr. Torori pledged UNDP’s support to the process through the strong partnership and collaboration that exists between the Ministry of Gender and the UNDP over the years.

Also speaking, Deputy Gender Minister for Research and Technical Services, Mardea Martin Wiles said to impact social change, discussions are necessary to stimulate the minds of people to move in the desired direction.

“This forum, I believe has presented information that I think will start changing our minds to start looking at issues in different directions to see that all of us are on the same boat to land on the same shore at the end of the day….” Madam Wiles told the students.

She thanked all the institutions for their participation in the debate adding: “You all are winners”.

Contact information

For further information, contact:

Hannah Karbo-Gender Analyst/Tel:+231/770103602/880431705; e-mail-hannah.krabo@undp.org

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162


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