President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has warned rapists that they will be punished in accordance with the law for their crimes.
The Liberian leader delivered a special remark on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in observance of the International Women Conference Day.
The President disclosed that information reaching her desk states that Liberia's rape rate has increased and warned perpetrators to desist from seeing women as objets of rape.
“Today I wear black in memory of the women whose lives has been taken away by men in the case of rape; also our children that continue to suffer at the hands of rapists. I say no to rape in Liberia, a commitment that I continue to live by.”
President Sirleaf also used the occasion to urge women to fully partake in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election so that females can have increased presence in the decision-making process of the country.
The President called on them to get involved in the ongoing voter’s registration update process that is presently taking place around the country.
President Sirleaf said if women are to be represented at the national legislature and making decisions that affect the country, they must continue to encourage everyone, including marketers, in ensuring that the role of women in the voting process is maintained.
The Women's Day program brought together women from Libya, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Senegal, Cameroun, Congo, and many other countries.
"We want to call on all women to go to their various places to make sure that they carry on their registration for the ongoing senatorial election process; but make sure, if you want more women then you have to vote," the Liberian leader said.
Also speaking at the International Women Conference, Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said it was important to allocate a special seat through the constitution for women, citing Uganda, The Gambia and others countries in the world.
The Minister disclosed that some counties in the country failed to elect a single female for representation at the national legislature and added that if Liberians are committed to women's empowerment, then a change is necessary.