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Government condemns gender-based violence

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an example of gender-based violence
an example of gender-based violence

( Dec. 9, 2015)-Gender and social protection authorities have condemned the wanton commission of violence against women and girls in Liberia

Gender Minister, Julia Ducan- Cassell, said: “Government is not taking the issues of gender-based violence lightly because these acts undermine the future of women and children.”

“Recent statistics have recorded rape, early marriage and teenage pregnancy as prevalent acts of gender-based violence on the increase in the country, “Minister Cassell noted.

Government’s condemnation was contained in a statement delivered recently by Gender Minister, Julia Ducan-Cassell at the close of celebration of 16 Days of Activism at the Lofa Community College in Voinjama, Lofa County.

This year’s celebration was held under the theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World, Make Education Safe for All.”

Minister Cassell said: “Most of these violent acts are being compromised by community members.”

“The perpetrators of gender-based violence usually go with impunity at the detrimental of women and children as a result of compromising cases of violence,” she noted. 

The occasion was graced by women and student groups drawn from several schools, local authorities and other partners in Lofa County.

In recent months, the Liberian capital, Monrovia and other provincial cities in other parts of the country have been the scenes of indiscriminate and rampant human rights abuses.

As a consequence of such gruesome acts,   the Liberian Government has expressed grave concern, warning the public against the perpetration of violence against peaceful citizens as a means of seeking redress to their grievances.
Government, in a statement, vowed to pursue would-be perpetrators of violence, armed robbery and ritualistic activities to face due process without fear or favor.

Government’s pronouncement was contained in the nation-wide address by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia. 


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