By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has embarked on a county tour across the fifteen (15) counties in the country.
The Tour, according to Deputy Minister for Gender at the Ministry, Alice Johnson Howard, it is intended to reach out in the various counties so as to understand some of the major problems women and children are faced with and to provide amicable solutions.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend at her office upon their return from Bomi and Grand Mount Counties, Deputy Minister Howard stated that the outreach has long overdue and it is under the direct supervision of the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Williametta Saydee Tarr.
“This outreach has long overdue and it is intended to reach out to our people in the rural areas to understand the challenges they are going through and see how we as a ministry can find a solution,” Minister Howard noted.
Deputy Minister Howard indicted that during their trip to those two counties, they were made to understand that the issues of domestic violence and teenage pregnancy were some of the major problems confronting women and girls within that part of the country.
She stated that though the ministry is trying to addressing said situation, but was quick to point out that the ministry cannot do that alone but rather in collaboration with some other government Ministries and agencies like the Ministries of Justice and Health and its partners.
She revealed that there are plans underway for those rural women and children to benefit from a project the ministry is about to soon undertake with help from its partners.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Howard has disclosed that there are plans for the Ministry to reach out to other counties particularly those counties within the south-eastern part of the country.