EU/UN Spotlight Initiative Donates Vehicle to Buttress SGBV Fight


The EU/UN Spotlight Initiative through its committee to fight Sexual, Gender Base Violence (SGBV),issues in Liberia recently donated a Toyota Land Cruiser to the government of Liberia to help track SGBV cases throughout  the country.

The donation comes at a time when Liberia is fighting the increasing wave of domestic violence and rape throughout the country.

Recently, Liberian President George Weah, due  to the increasing wave of rape across Liberia, declared the awful act as national emergency, and has committed 2million United States Dollars and ask stakeholders to tackle SGBV.

Making the donation at the One UN House in Monrovia, the Program Officer Coordinator of the European Union,  Michelle Grundberg said, rape cases is one of the most difficult cases to persecute due to the contamination of provided evidence in Liberia and stressed the need to enhance the investigation capacities of different service providers.

“It is of utmost importance to strengthen the criminal liaison system and also the prosecution of SGBV cases and enhancing the different service providers rape cases are one the most complex cases to prosecute due to the lack of concrete evidence.” She said.

Michelle furthered that, there are many unreported SGBV cases across Liberia due to in capacities, stigmatization, privacy, and lack of public trust in the justice system in the country.

The EU Staff wasn’t the government of George Weah  to enhance the rule of law.

Receiving the vehicle from the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, was Dr. Jerry Falohn Brown, Chief Executive Officer who lauded the group for the gesture as it is timely .

However, Dr. Brown calls for more support, saying, the vehicle will be used for the pathologist but the main issue is the country needs to construct a forensic laboratory to preserve,  test rape related evidences.

At the same time the end users of the vehicle, Dr, Benedict Kolee, a Liberian pathologist on behalf of pathologists in Liberia said, the fight against SGBV cases is an all for non-approach and called for more support .as the fight against rape cases remains a global concern.