GOL, EU and UN Launch “Spotlight Initiative” as VP Howard-Taylor Assures full application

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Liberia’s Vice President Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor has reechoed the need for efforts to be exerted in eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in Liberia.

Speaking at the launch of the “Spotlight Initiative” organized and sponsored by European Union and United Nations, in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, Vice President Howard-Taylor said adherence to such call secures the lives of many women and girls.

The “Spotlight Initiative” is a four year UN-EU Global multi-year program with focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls and will be implemented in five counties.

The Liberian leader who in good fate assured EU and UN that the platform which brings focused attention will be used as a gateway to other counties of such nature to benefit from the program.

Meanwhile, Gender Minister Williametta Piso Saylee Tarr has outlined challenges that acquired keen attention if the “Spotlight Initiative” must come to fruition.

According to her, negative mindset, harmful traditional practices among others are considering areas the Ministry will look at in employing the goals of the program.

She however expressed confidence of the Initiative full application in Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba Counties where the highest prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence has been reported.

The event witnessed by cross session of top and local officials of Government, UN Women Group in Liberia, European Union, ECOWAS, African Union, Traditional Council among others is being launched across twenty-two countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Liberia is one of eight African counties benefiting from the initiative.

At the same time, the European Union and United Nations have both challenged the Government of Liberia through its Legislature to swiftly passed the domestic bill law as a means of adhering to the call for women and girls in Liberia.

Though both chair and co-chair on Domestic Violence against women and girls at the House of Representatives gave a two to three weeks’ assurance on the passage of the bill but it still remains unclear as to whether it can be passed whereas it has been in committee room for over five years.