Liberian Leader Signs Domestic Violence Bill Into Law

Flash back: Man beating his wife

Liberia’s Feminist-in-Chief, President George Manneh Weah, has signed into law the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) passed recently by the National Legislature.

On July 19, the Liberian Senate concurred with the House of Representatives in passing the Act which was introduced during the term of the 53rd Legislature.r

It comes into full force when printed into handbills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The signing of the DVA into law by the President comes amid growing violence against women and children and entrenched gender inequality practices. By and large, the law will promote gender equality, women and children protection, amongst other things.

The Act makes domestic violence, which includes physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation, a serious crime against the individual and society.

Appending his signature, the Liberian leader hailed stakeholders and foreign partners, as well as the National Legislature, for efforts put into developing the Domestic Violence Bill which has now become law.

He said the days of domestic violence perpetrators are numbered because the DVA will be fully and appropriately enforced under his leadership.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.