President Koroma receives Power trio of Blyden, Cassell, and Wesseh at State House

In this photo released by State House Tuesday, President Ernest Koroma welcomes Liberian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Julia Duncan Cassell at State House.

According to Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Sierra Leone’s Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Minister (in blue) the purpose of the visit was to present Ms. Medina Wesseh, the incoming Secretary General of the Mano River Union.

Ms. Wesseh is a former senior executive assistant to President Ellen Sirleaf, and was senior program development officer for the United States Agency for International Development’s Liberia Transition Initiative.

Ms. Wesseh has also consulted for numerous international organizations, including the UN Economic Commission for Africa/African Centre for Women and the UNIFEM-sponsored Research on Voices of Liberian Women in the Peace Process.

During Ms. Wesseh’s tenure as chairperson of the National Task Force on Prioritizing Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment, the Ministry of Education adopted the Ouagadougou Declaration on the Girl Child in its national curriculum plan. As a member of the National Curriculum Review Committee for the Ministry of Education, she and her team established mechanisms to incorporate gender-based education in textbook development.


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