Ahead Of Domestic Violence Bill Possible Passage Thursday, Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia, Says The Instrument Is Beneficial


The Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia has described the Domestic Violence Bill as a legal and holistic document intended to bring great relieve to Liberians when pass into Law.

According to Chairman of the Women Legislative Caucus Rosanna Sharks, the bill is not a trap to men rather it is among other things intended to bring civility in homes, enjoyment of human rights including the protection of all persons, irrespective of sex or religious background.

She also clarified that the legal instrument is not an international imposition on Liberia rather a fulfillment of Liberia’s obligation to a signatory of some international treaties and or agreement to help promote and protect the rights of all.

Also speaking Wednesday in an interview with reporters, the Chairman on Judiciary at the House of Representatives, Fonati Koffa said the bill is a key legal instrument that will help reduce the increase of domestic violence across Liberia.

Unlike in the past he added that the bill upon passage will directly address specific punishments for perpetrators with emphasis on persistent abuse of victims.

Meanwhile both Representatives Julie Wiah and Larry Nyonquio of Lofa and Nimba Counties respectively indicated that the bill will also bring about harmony, respect and unity in homes across Liberia.

They said the law which is expected to be passed into Law on Thursday will exclude Female Genital Mutilation Component because they added, it is technical, sensitive and has a separate customary angle that should be looked at differently.

The lawmakers believe that the legal instrument which is fundamental to the protection of all domestically, is also gear towards addressing societal ills of which women and children generally are victims of over the period.

Of late across Liberia, there has been an increase in the number of domestic and human rights violations across Liberia with Rape, Murder, Mob-  violence among others being meted against people mainly women and children.


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