President Weah Makes National Appeals to Fight Rape, SGBV in Liberia

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By: Eric Gerlay ( Intern)

President George Manneh Weah says, there is a need to improve and strengthen the enforcement of existing legislation and policies that supports the prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Liberia.

He said the measures will help tackle the increase in rape and sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

The Liberia leader spoke Monday, September 8, 2020 at the opening of a National Conference on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at the ministerial complex in Congo Town, Liberia.

Participants at the SGBV national conference

President Weah said, the purpose of the National Conference is to rally all Sexual and Gender-Based Violence stakeholders to discuss openly and contribute collectively to determine the best practices and procedures.

He said that would enable his government put a halt to rape, child marriage, and female genital mutilation, and ensuring that women, girls, boys and other vulnerable people at risk of abuse in the Liberian society.

”This National Conference is therefore being convened out of my Government’s grave concern about the unprecedented recent surge of this evil scourge, which is a follow-up to a Special High-Level Meeting which I called last July to discuss the status of rape and other Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in the country.

During that meeting, I appointed an Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, with a mandate to engage all stakeholders to discuss, consult and develop a Roadmap on enhancing the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Subsequently, the Roadmap was completed in the shortest possible time and presented to my Government.

Our aim and purpose during this National Conference, therefore, is to rally all Sexual and Gender-Based Violence stakeholders to discuss openly and contribute collectively to determine the best practices and procedures that would enable us to bring an end of rape and other forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Liberia”, President Weah noted.

Participants at the SGBV national conference

The Liberian Leader is quoted as saying, his Government and partners’ Roadmap on Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2020-2022 plans to achieve effective results by adopting a new approach to addressing the sexual and gender-based violence-prevention process across all sectors.

Mr. Weah said, at the end of the Conference, these proposals will be considered and serve as a validation of the “Government of Liberia & Partners’ Roadmap on Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2020-2022.

At the end of the Conference, President George Weah believes, the Roadmap will be fully inclusive of every possible thought on fighting this menace in the Liberian society , with the objective of improving our coordinated national response.

He said, with the adoption of these strategies, his government is hopeful that they will be able to improve and strengthen the enforcement of existing legislation, policies and standards that support the prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

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