LIBERIA: ‘Women’s Bodies Not Battlefield For Violence’ – WEPNET Official

The National Coordinator of the West African Network for Peace-Building (WAPNET) has said women’s bodies are not battlefield for fights and other violent acts, cautioning men to stop using them as punch bags.
Ms. Josephine Morris made the statement when she spoke at the end of a four-day dialogue on gender-based violence against women and girls in Malema, Klay District, Bomi County.
During the dialogue, WAPNET established a 50-member support group to tackle violence against women and girls and create awareness to stop the practice.
According to Morris, the formation of the group is part of the fight to stop violence against women and girls in the county.
Morris also admonished men to consider women as their partners in progress in the fight against gender-based violence.

“See women as your partners in the fight against violence against them and do not see their bodies as a battlefield where you can be brutal on them,” she added.

For his part, the Chairman of the 50-member support group, Sylvester Foley, said men are the major perpetrators of violence against women and girls in the country.
He, however, assured the group’s commitment to engage their fellow men to join the fight against violence.

The four-day dialogue was organized by WAPNET Liberia in collaboration with the Rights to Rice Foundation with support from the United Nations Women.

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