Afropop superstar Kobazzie has intensified his planned nationwide campaign against Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) which aims to promote a culture of zero-tolerance regarding violence against women and girls among the population.
The pop star began his SGBV campaign a week and a half ago in front of a record crowd of over 1,000 at Iron factory, Somalia drive, where President Weah and an array of government officials had gone to close a campaign rally.
And less than for days ago, he held a one-on-one meeting with President George Weah to discuss ways to tackle the widespread report of SGBV across the country.
The meeting with the president, according to the singer and songwriter, was focused on the need for the Liberian government to develop an effective strategy to prevent violence, support victims and take action against perpetrators.
“During the meeting, we discussed issues ranging from developing and implementing national policies to combat SGBV, other human rights violations and how to target the institutions in which SGBV is perpetrated .
“Women have the right to live free without fear; therefore it is everyone’s responsibility to join the fight, along with the government, to focus on the root causes of violence and effectively prosecute perpetrators who commit SGBV act,” he said.
Kobazzie added that, during their discussion, the president expressed his government’s commitment to ending all forms of SGBV act against women in the country.
Kobazzie added: “I never knew that the President was so passionate about ending SGBV against women until I met him. He also assured me that during his administration no perpetrators of SGBV crime will go unpunished, as well as providing all the necessary support to victims of SGBV.”
Kobazzie, whose SGBV campaign is styled Together We Can, said it is focused on discussing the effect of SGBV against women and to solicit people’s mutual commitment to join the movement to eradicate all forms of SGBV across the country.
“SGBV against women is one of the most persistent violations of human rights in the country. This criminal act affects women’s productivity, health, psychological status and jeopardizes wellbeing of the entire family and community,” the singer and songwriter added.
Kobazzie added that it is for this reason he started the Together We Can campaign to seek coherent multi-sectoral coordination and concrete actions for changing the society.
“One of the reasons I met the president is to seek his help in making his government proactive in SGBV fight and to let him know that no custom, tradition or religion justifies an act of violence against a woman,” he said.