The two entities recognized with grave concern, the increasing adverse impact of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease on the health of women and girls in Liberia including their livelihood, security and social wellbeing.
They noted that as Ebola cases continue to rise, women remain disproportionately affected. According to data from Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, women account for between 55 to 60 percent of Ebola related deaths in Liberia, with the rate of infection of women being a lot higher than men. This is mainly attributed to the role of women as caregivers, nurses and cross-border traders.
The MoGD and UN Women urge national and multi-national bodies, civil society and grassroots institutions to tailor their actions to the needs of: women in situations where they cannot go to the market to sell and cater for their families; women in the medical field including nurses, cleaners and laundry workers in hospitals and isolation centers, where there is high risk of contracting the virus.
The Ministry of Gender and Development with support from UN Women is scaling up its efforts on prevention, awareness raising and contact tracing, through our women networks, including female traditional leaders, rural women structures, women in cross-border trade, women farmers, and ordinary business women at the various