Liberian Female owned tailoring businesses get a boost

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020

Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Liberia Country Representative and Honourable Williamatta Piso Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection
Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Liberia Country Representative and Honourable Williamatta Piso Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection sign a partnership agreement for the production of masks for distribution to women, children and girls in Liberia. Photo credit: UN Women Liberia

 

As part of its continuous effort to support the Government of Liberia to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UN Women on Friday 26 June 2020 signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP) to empower women-owned tailoring businesses affiliated to the Liberia National Tailoring Union to produce 10,000 masks that will be distributed to women, girls and children in Montserrado and Margibi counties in Liberia.

Under the partnership, UN Women with funding from the Embassy of Sweden, will provide financial resources amounting to US$ 27,500.00 to the Women, Girls and Children pillar led by the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection for the production of masks.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Honourable Williamatta Piso Saydee-Tarr, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, highlighted that the initiative to produce 10 000 masks will help to uplift women doing small businesses. “We have women led tailoring groups that will produce the masks so that they can get something in their own pockets for being part of the fight and for being able to produce something for women and children to use and be protected,” she said.

In her remarks, Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Liberia Country Representative said that her organization is committed to supporting the Government of Liberia to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want to ensure that women in most vulnerable communities have masks to prevent themselves from COVID-19. We want to ensure that small businesses in the tailoring sector that are led by women and have been affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 get assistance so that they can benefit from the production of masks and are able to continue with their activities and are able to help their families,” she said.

Ms. Nizigama commended the Embassy of Sweden for the financial support to produce the masks.