A total of 1,088 gender-based violence cases were recorded nationwide by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection between January and September 2015, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell has disclosed.
Addressing a press conference at the ministry, the Minister said about 588 rape cases, with 293 involving children below age 16, were recorded during the period under review.
Cassel pointed out that of this number Montserrado County accounts for 545 cases, the highest number of the reported rape cases, while Rivercess County accounts for 17.
She noted that majority of the rape victims are girls.
“As we strive to make progress in reducing gender-based violence in Liberia, the ministry focuses this year’s celebration on encouraging activists to pay more attention to issues that are most relevant to the Liberian context,” Cassell noted.
She said the general statistics of GBV cases in the country shows that boys and most especially girls are facing serious challenges that need to be addressed.
This year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign will not only provide an opportunity to advocate against and raise awareness about GBV, but to equally amplify the voices of women who refuse to be silent, she said.