The recent string of rape cases in the country, which have resulted to the brutal deaths of children, has not only been described as rape and evil but also, a virus, known as ‘Rapebola.’
In the fight to successfully curtail the rising numbers of rape cases, six Liberian women launched the Concerned Women of Liberia (CWL) with a Charity Kickball Event wherein two kickball teams were interestingly interspersed with males.
The charity kickball match was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, (NASSCORP), FiBank Liberia, Cemenco, Mr. and Mrs. Macdonald Wento and U-Foundation.
There were food and drinks on sale as part of the fundraiser event.
The theme of the charity kickball event was “Kicking for a Cause,” and was held at the Blue (BYC) field at the PHP Community, in Monrovia, on Saturday, March 7.
The Yellow Team was captained by the Mayor of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) Cyvette Gibson, and some of the players included Betty Blamo, Ellen Pratt, Musa Bility, Israel Akinsaya, Sebastine Muah, Kelvin Sebwe, Jonathan Sogbie and Yoquai Lavala.
The Blue Team’s skipper was Dr. Wilhemenia Jallah, and some of her players were Stephanie Duncan, Charlene Carey, Musa Shannon, Axel Addy, Macdonald Wento, Cypha G.S. D’King, Clarence Moniba, Elias Shoniyin and Gabriel Greaves.
In the first inning, both sides have nil home-run, but in the second inning, the Cyvette Gibsons’ side pulled up a strategically fight that resulted to two wins.
The Yellow carried on the fight in the defense, and sustained the two-nil score. The Blues, also impressively adopted and mended their defense as well as the Yellows, and there were also no home-run for both sides in the third inning.
In the fourth (last) inning, there were entertaining kickball, with Yellows increasing their tally to 5-0, but one of their players, Jonathan Sogbe was booked and thrown out of the pitch for not kicking on the side-of-his-feet.
The Blues reconsolidated and made three home-runs during the untimely celebration of the Yellows, which compellingly made to refocus and take the day, 5-3.
Prior to the kickball derby, Vice President Joseph Boakai, hailed the six Liberian women for their wholesome approach to help stop the menace of rape in the country.
The Vice President said rape isn’t only a disgrace, but also it hampers development of girls.
Justice Minister Benedict Sarnoh and the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Peter Roberts pledged their Ministries’ support to combat rape from the country.
The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Musa Bility said: “The LFA supports the government and the Concerned Women of Liberia to kick rape out of the country — rape is undoubtedly terrible, and evil.”
Meanwhile, the CWL was founded by Madam Charlyne Brumskine, Charlene Carey, Salamartu Duncan, Cyvette Gibson, Wadei Powell and Ellen Pratt.
The goals of the CWL include to identify and support any organization that has a proven record of providing stellar services to victims of rape; produce public service announcement to sensitize and raise the consciousness of Liberians and foreigners about the pervasiveness of rape in our society and its far-reaching impact on the socio-economic and political development of the country and establish a trust fund to support victims and families of rape during prosecutorial process.