UNDP in Liberia

Gender Equality


In the history of Liberia, women and girls have often faced discrimination and have been sidelined from equal opportunities compared to men and boys. Systemic inequality has been present in various aspects of life including but not limited to education, employment, participation in politics, and other social roles. However, in hand with the government, UNDP is empowering women and girls, making gender equality a reality. 

In depth

UNDP’s commitment to gender equality is integral to expanding people’s choices and realizing a just and sustainable world in which no one is left behind, and in which everyone’s ideas and capacities are harnessed to achieve the SDGs. UNDP Liberia’s programming has among other things, supported regulatory reforms to increase and encourage women’s participation in electoral and governance activities, including the elections; gender responsive budgeting at the national and county levels, and ensuring women's employment, livelihood, and entrepreneurial opportunities such as post-COVID recovery and business growth grants.  

Women’s empowerment initiatives and gender mainstreaming are part of the key hallmarks of UNDP’s work. To mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment, UNDP has worked to identify the root causes of ineffective mainstreaming of gender in the rule of law, electoral processes, and policies and supporting peace and stability in civic and voter education. Women have a strong role to play in peacebuilding and have been instrumental in keeping Liberia’s elections largely free from conflict.

Through joint programming with UN Women and other partners including civil society organizations, UNDP is working to reform policies and laws to end harmful practices, particularly sexual offenses which are prevalent in Liberia.

Find the Gender Strategy 2022-2025 here

UNDP does NOT tolerate behaviors of sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and abuse in our workplace or in working with partners and communities. Learn more in this Gender Briefing

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Capacity needs assessment of justice and security institutions

This report is prepared and presented by the Liberia EU/UN Spotlight Initiative Programme. It presents a detailed assessment of the capacity needs of justice and security institutions in Liberia. It is geared towards eliminating violence against women and girls in the country, and as a capacity building initiative to strengthen justice and security institutions. 

Gender policy of the Judiciary

This is the first ever gender policy for the Judiciary of Liberia that has been developed to ensure that gender is mainstreamed and that gender issues are prioritized in the work of the Judiciary.



GBV Training Manual for Government Ministries and Agencies

This user-friendly manual is primarily focused on integrating efforts to combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the Prevention and Response Interventions in Government Plans and Budgets. It is instrumental for training and mentoring technical staff in Government Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs), and Local Governments.

GBV accountability framework and Guidance note

Liberia's Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Accountability Framework mechanism is developed to ensure adequate commitment, policies, guidance, and resources for key actors in addressing gender-based violence. It delineates the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders working in the areas of GBV, Harmful Practices (HP), and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). 

Integrated Revised SGBV HP SRHR Training Manual Liberia
This manual provides comprehensive guidance to security and justice institutions while promoting a gender-sensitive approach in their duties and responsibilities. By emphasizing gender sensitivity, the manual is used to train stakeholders to promote the rights of all individuals within the community.