Gender Ministry Condemns Sexual Violence against Women and Girls

Liberia's Gender Minister, Duncan Cassell
Liberia’s Gender Minister, Duncan Cassell

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) condemns in the strongest term the continuous act of domestic violence and all forms of violence against women and girls.

The Ministry sees the repeated acts of violence and attacks against the women and girls of Liberia as a serious threat to their existence, peace and security. Therefore, the Ministry is calling on all those in the usual business of violating the rights of women by constant harassment in the name of pleasure to desist immediately.

The Ministry’s call comes from the backdrop of a recent act of sexual violence that was meted against a girl in the Township of West Point which was allegedly committed by one Delima George and others of District #7 in the West Point Community.

The Gender Ministry demands that all those associated with such inhumane act be prosecuted because Liberia is a party to a number of International and Regional Conventions to include the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women ((CEDAW).

The Ministry is calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to join efforts in dismantling drug cartel across the country considering that our women and girls have been violated under the influence of being drugged.

Meanwhile, we regret the situation and extend our deepest sympathy to the victim and members of her family. Such offense is criminal and we wish to re-iterate that investigation into this alleged gang rape, sexual violence and all other related violence against women and girls be taken seriously by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

We therefore wish to assure the victim and family that we are closely following the investigation to insure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

Violence against women and girls is a human rights issue and besides it has physical, emotional as well as psychological consequences. It prevents women from participating meaningfully in developmental activities that are intended for the betterment of their lives, families, communities and the nation at large.

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