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ActionAid Liberia Identifies Factors for Low Women’s Participation in Decision-making, Others

first_imgOne of the women makes presentation at yesterday’s event.ActionAid Liberia (AAL) says cultural norms and patriarchal values in the Liberian society continue to marginalize women and place them in constrained positions, compared to men and boys in the same class, ethnic, age or other relations.Lakshmi S. Moore, AAL Country Director, made the statement yesterday during the launch of a baseline report on women from Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties.Mrs. Moore said though some chapters of the Liberian Constitution (Articles 8, 11, and 18) prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, there are other factors that limit women’s roles and participation in decision-making, from household to community and national processes.She named some of these factors as traditional practices, lower social status such as the education level and economic inequality.Mrs. Moore said women are severely affected by these unequal power relations, prohibiting their voices, participation, needs and access; increasing their vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).The objective of the survey is to improve the capacity of women to meaningfully participate in forest governance processes, and contribute to the assessment and monitoring of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) impact on gender relations and gender-related livelihoods opportunities.The report, launched under the theme, “Promoting Women and Community Rights in Forest Governance and Management in Liberia,” brought together over 35 women from various counties and partners, including those from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UKaid, Sweden Sverige and European Union (EU).“This unequal status of women limits meaningful participation in community forest governance bodies even with the law stipulating that at least one woman should be a member of each of these bodies,” Mrs. Moore said.Accordingly, the baseline report indicates that men are the key decision-makers in matters relating to the land and forest governance in the baseline communities and in general; women face structural barriers to participation caused by cultural, traditional dynamics, capacity issues, and gender livelihood, household roles and relationships.The report indicates that women have limited knowledge of the different species of trees/wood that are suited for charcoal production, while women at the community level had limited market information on the prices of charcoal in urban centers, which often leads to their exploitation by middlemen and other players in the industry.According to Mrs. Moore, gender inequality with respect to control over land in rural Liberia serves as a disadvantage to women’s engagement in charcoal production, and represents a barrier to entry into the sector.“Major players at the stage of plank production are men, because women have limited resources to compete with their male counterparts at this stage. Women indicated that land rights, the lack of agencies within their communities and lack of access to finance, limit their involvement at the production stage of planks,” she said.Mrs. Moore said scarcity of resources affect women more than men in general, because men control more lucrative income-generating activities in the forest, particularly the extractive activities, to the extent that  women have limited knowledge on laws, policies and regulations that guarantee their rights to land.Alberto Menighini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience of the EU in partnership with FAO and who launched the report, said the organization will work with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), ensuring that some of the issues raised in the report are addressed.Mr. Menighini expressed gratitude that women can raise concerns on participation and decision-making processes that will improve their lives and the development of the country.Meanwhile, the women have expressed excitement  over the report and, therefore, called on AAL and its partners to ensure that their voices are heard in decision-making as well as participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ANDREW KELLY HITS 1-04 – AS ST MICHAEL’S EDGE NEARER TO SECURING LEAGUE TITLE

first_imgSt. Michael’s GAA News: All County League The seniors had a good victory over Ardara on Sunday last at the Bridge winning on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 3-20 Ardara 2-12.The St. Michael’s team and scorers were:Mark Anthony Mc Ginley, Peter Witherow, Steven Doak, Chris Mc Elhinney, Liampaul Ferry, Michael Mc Ginley (0-01), Michael Gallagher, Martin Mc Elhinney (1-1), Christy Toye (0-02), Michael Langan (1-03), Daniel Mc Laughlin (0-02), Lee Carr (0-04), Colm Mc Fadden (0-3, 1F), Ciaran Gallagher,  Andrew Kelly (1-04)Subs Ciaran Kelly (0-01) for Colm Mc Fadden (h/t), Raymond Mc Laughlin for Andrew Kelly, Barry Mc Ginley for Chris Mc Elhinney. The reserves had no game as Glenties could not field a team.Both teams are away to St. Eunans on this Saturday evening.Annual GAA DrawSt. Michael’s club personnel will be coming around with the annual GAA Draw Tickets in the next fortnight.The tickets cost €10 each and you will be entered into three separate draw-club, county and national.The first prize is a car.  Please support your local GAA Club as this is our only fundraiser this year. St. Michael’s Mini Lotto €5900 this weekThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last; The numbers drawn were 2,5,6,7,9,12.  There were two Match 5 Winners Margaret Hughes 16 Chapel Road Dunfanaghy and George Sweeney Magheramena Dunfanaghy who won €50 each. This weeks Jackpot be €5900. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style From The Bingo in Creeslough You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less.  Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000.  The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €5900.  The single book is €8 and special offer continues this week with the Double Book only €10, both books include snowball page. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. The €150 on the snowball game at the Bingo session on Sunday night last was shared by Mary Langan Massinass and Nellie McFadden Ray.  This weeks Snowball will be €1100.Patrons please note that this months 50 Club Draw will take place at the Bingo session in Dunfanaghy on this Sunday night the 11th October.Lotto RotaThe St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 10th October are as follows: Dunfanaghy Liam McElhinney and Mickey McFadden, Creeslough Ollie Rodden.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michaels Minor BoardRegistrationsAll players must be registered to take part in training or play games.  To registrar contact your manager or Suzi Roarty on 087 2849214.Cup/MugsThank you to all those who donated cups and mugs which is greatly appreciated, however we could still do with more donations please.GAA NEWS: ANDREW KELLY HITS 1-04 – AS ST MICHAEL’S EDGE NEARER TO SECURING LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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