Top UN envoy calls on Sierra Leone to address gender disparities

Speaking in Aberdeen at a workshop on Security Council Resolution 1325, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Victor Angelo also called on the Government and on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to give top priority attention to the political and economic empowerment of women in their independent programmes and projects.Resolution 1325 calls on all Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels.Mr. Angelo, who is also UN Development Programme (UNDA) Resident Representative for Sierra Leone, advocated the promotion of national ownership, which he defined as the ability to decide what should be on the agenda, what should be the priorities and where money should be invested.He told participants that Sierra Leone would not experience any sustainable development if it could not combine its own national resources with resources coming from donor countries. One of the ways of attracting money from the donor community was to show more commitment to resource mobilization as well as to its judicious use, he also said.

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