Community Dialogue Vital to Citizen Empowerment

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has described community dialogue as vital to government’s understanding of the needs of citizens at the grassroots level, especially women, the physically challenged and youth.Minister Sirleaf made the assertion on Wednesday at the validation workshop on community dialogue consultation findings held at the Monrovia City Hall.Superintendents, chiefs, civil society representatives, local and international partners, among others, participated in the validation, and pledged their commitment to collaborate in the implementation of its findings.Minister Sirleaf hoped that the findings will address the concerns of women, youth, elders and the physically challenged, who, he noted, are the most marginalized groups with regard to access to basic services and other government support at the local level.“It gave the participants confidence that their views would also count in decision-making. They expressed their needs and concerns and also stated their comparative advantages to decision-makers, which can be crucial in designing local development programs,” he said.Liberian women, according to him, have always played a pivotal yet unacknowledged role in national development, and expressed appreciation to the National Decentralization and Local Governance Policy, whose focus is on inclusive governance with the full engagement of women and men from counties, districts and communities across the country.Mrs. Awa Ndiaye-Seck, UN Women Country Representative to Liberia, said the community dialogue would help take some processes from the national level to the various communities across the country.“The community has spoken and the first step in taking the findings of the consultations to the national level is by sharing them with our partners and the donor community, civil society organizations and others (in order for them) to know the community’s position on the recovery process of Liberia,” Mrs. Ndiaye-Seck said.Some of the issues raised by the community include the need for communication to keep them informed of the happenings and networking that would bring women in various districts, communities and the counties together.“This is the last phase of the process that started over three months ago and the key objective was to see how we can impact some of the global processes that have an effect on Liberia, as well as some national processes to the community,” she added.Madam Ndiaye-Seck pledged the UN Women’s commitment to supporting the government in addressing findings of the dialogue to ensure that community needs and concerns can also help in Liberia’s recovery process.Mary Larteh, Paramount Chief from Bong County and a member of the community dialogue, described the discussions as unprecedented, especially for women.“This is a dialogue that women were able to speak out about their needs and concerns and about native women in places that are not accessible. The women were able to talk about their children’s needs and how they can be part of this government,” she added.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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Klopp insists Man City are Premier League favourites

first_img“Only City can stop City, to be honest,” Klopp said to reporters on Tuesday. “We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.”With Liverpool and City playing at different times in recent weeks, one side has known the other’s result going into a game.Last weekend City played first but this week it will be Liverpool. The Merseysiders face Wolverhampton on Friday before the champions take on Crystal Palace the following day.Klopp insists the schedule is of little relevance.He said: “I would say we are always motivated at the highest level so where could we put this extra portion, saying if City lost then it makes us more motivated? That doesn’t work. We are really concentrating on our situation.“But we are in December. Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal — they are so close. I shouldn’t think about one opponent or we are the only one that can stop City.”Liverpool face City at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 but, with three other fixtures first, that is not yet on Klopp’s mind.Liverpool learned on Monday they will face Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Klopp calling it a “big, big challenge”.“The good thing is a couple of years ago if we’d have had Bayern Munich it would be like, ‘Wow, no chance’. The thing is we have a chance. That is enough to know.“We know it is difficult, they know it is difficult and that’s how it should be. Two big games, 100 percent.”Klopp also said that right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is making progress in his recovery from the ankle injury sustained against Napoli last week, and is hopeful the 20-year-old could still play a part in Liverpool’s festive programme.“It actually looks surprisingly good,” he said. “I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.“So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good. The moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision. But it looks good for Trent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool, managed by Jurgen Klopp (left) are one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are still firm favourites to be crowned Premier League champions even though his Liverpool side are in top spot with nearly half the season gone.Liverpool have a one-point lead over City after 17 games following last weekend’s victory over Manchester United but the German is in no doubt Pep Guardiola’s men are in the driving seat.last_img read more

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