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Deputy Chief Maybury Supports the 16 Days Campaign and World AIDS Day on ELBC Radio

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Deputy Chief Maybury Supports the 16 Days Campaign and World AIDS Day on ELBC Radio

Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence and reach their full potential.

MONROVIA, Liberia, December 1, 2021 / APO Group / –

On December 1, Deputy Chief of Mission Joel Maybury and USAID Health Office Director Jessica Healey joined the Super Morning Show on LBS Radio to discuss the ongoing 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. and World AIDS Day. They join the diplomatic community, the Government of Liberia and civil society organizations to observe the 16 days campaign and call for an end to gender-based violence (GBV).

President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have clearly stated that achieving and protecting human rights for all remains one of America’s top goals. Preventing and responding to gender-based violence is a human rights imperative and we are committed to upholding it.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, gender-based violence prevented the full and free participation of women and girls in society. The pandemic has only exacerbated existing gender inequalities, including increasing economic insecurity for women; decrease access to education and safe spaces for girls; and an increasing risk of all forms of GBV, particularly intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation / cutting, homophobic and transphobic violence, and child, early and forced marriage.

In Liberia, promoting gender equity and equality is part of everything we do, including, but not limited to, supporting women entrepreneurs, working with women to fully participate in the electoral cycle, promoting recruitment and promotion. supporting women in the security sector, and investing heavily in education. for girls, ensuring gender parity for reporters at press events and contributing tens of millions of dollars to strengthening health systems so that Liberian women and girls lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.

Mission Maybury deputy chief, speaking with host Sorbor George, said that “Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence and reach their full potential. Gender-based violence undermines the human rights and fundamental freedoms of too many people in too many places. By supporting women and girls, Liberia will see staggering benefits, including in economic well-being, health and safety. “

USAID Health Office Director Healey discussed how the United States, through the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is helping Liberia achieve sustained HIV epidemic control by supporting to equitable health services, the strengthening of the national health system and capacities, and through our long-standing collaboration with the Ministry of Health and civil society organizations.

The PEPFAR-Liberia country program is led by USAID, the US Department of Defense, and our Health Resources and Services Administration office. The United States government plans to spend US $ 10 million across all of our agencies next year to address HIV and AIDS in Liberia.

Last year, PEPFAR supported more than 13,500 people living with HIV in Liberia with high-quality treatment services. Our goal for this year is to nearly double that number and support more than 22,000 people. This represents more than 50 percent of the total number of people living with HIV in Liberia.

In partnership with the Government of Liberia and the Global Fund, our goal is to achieve control of the HIV epidemic in Liberia by 2030. This will require equitable and person-centered services that respect the dignity and rights of all those who place their trust. trust us. particularly the most vulnerable. Ending gender-based violence is a critical part of this process. Together, we can tackle these two important issues and build a better future for Liberian women and men alike.

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