Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has pledged to help end violence against women and children and ensure that they enjoy equal rights in the Liberian society.
Speaking on Wednesday during a program held by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated near Fish Market in Monrovia, he called on Liberian men to recognize women as major contributors in society, declaring that “dehumanizing women is not part of Liberian culture.”
“We the men in Liberia want to sincerely apologize for the misconduct against women, and I am calling on men to realize that women comprise 50% of our society, and are also our partners,” the Vice President said.
Liberian men must make the commitment to protect their female counterparts by doing away with gender based violence, he admonished.
The president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, T. Nelson Williams, said the purpose of the gathering and the walk was to inform the world and Liberians that gender based violence and rape is not necessary in Liberia.
“We the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, UN Women and Ministry of Gender have planned to speak out against this hideous crime that is committed against young girls and women in this country,” Mr. Williams said.
He said, last week, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Servants of All Prayers Assembly worked together in various ways to engage and inform men about the need to end violence against women.
“We also visited the prison compound in Bomi and the Monrovia Central Prison because they need to be counseled before coming out. We realized that when men commit these crimes and go to prison, if they are not rehabilitated, they come out and continue to commit these crimes. For the brothers, this is 365 Days of Activism, not just the 16 Days of Activism,” he added.
National program manager of UN Women, Ghoma Karloweah, called on the legislature to speedily pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law.
“We need to mobilize more people, including lawmakers, to work to pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law to be able to protect our sisters, daughters and mothers,” she said.