The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women. Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday.
The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.
“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.
She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.
The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.
The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.
He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”
Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.