Monrovia, Liberia: Former Senior Gender Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Madam Comfort Lamptey, has been appointed as the new Country Representative of UN Women Liberia.
Madam Comfort Lamptey whose arrival in Liberia was recently disclosed when she presented her Letter of Credence to Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, in Monrovia today, Wednesday, 31 March 2022.
The newest UN Women Country Representative is a career development worker, gender specialist, and a champion of gender equality,
The presentation ceremony was witnessed by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as members of the UN Women Country team.
Presenting her Letter of Credence, the new UN Women Country Representative expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Liberia for the warm reception she received since her arrival.
She further admitted deep interest in being chosen among countless female fighters, to serve the UN in Liberia.
Madam Comfort Lamptey characterized her assignment in Liberia as an honour of service, which she believes will enable she and the UN Women team to implement development activities of the organization and empower women and girls in Liberia.
For his part, Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, congratulated Ms. Lamptey on her preferment to serve as UN Women’s Country Representative in Liberia.
He highlighted the numerous contributions of UN Women to the welfare, development, and empowerment of Liberian women and girls. “UN Women has been working in a strategic manner since 2004 in close collaboration with the Government of Liberia in Delivering As One through the UNDAF,” said Ambassador Kemayah.
Madam. Lamptey takes over from Marie Goreth Nizigama who exhausted her mission in Liberia in February of this year.
However, the newly appointed UN Women Representative served as Senior Gender Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), where she worked as principal adviser on gender issues to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She is also a trustee for the Nairobi office of the African Leadership Centre.
Before joining UNMIL in 2011, Comfort served as a Gender Advisor to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) from 2004 when this position was first established. In this capacity, she spearheaded the development of a Policy on Gender and Peacekeeping, the design of various guidelines and tools, and provided substantive oversight to the work of gender components in DPKO-led missions.
She has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as a Regional Advisor in West Africa and as Senior Gender Advisor at the Headquarters in Geneva. She supported UNHCR to develop amongst others, a global programme of support on preventing addressing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in refugee settings.
The UN Women is an agency created by the United Nations General Assembly to enhance gender equality and promote the empowerment of women across the globe.
UN Women began operations in Liberia in 2004, collaborating with the UN System, line government ministries, implementing partners, women’s groups as well as Liberians from all walks of life to promote gender equality and women empowerment.