Following the completion of a national conference aimed at addressing an epidemic of sexual and gender-based violence, President George M. Weah has declared rape a national emergency.
The second and last day of a national conference on sexual and gender-based violence ended on September 9 with recommendations from attendees added to a roadmap that had already been crafted by an inter-ministerial committee.
The Liberian government has begun a planned national conference on rapes and other sexual and gender-based crimes.
Months after President George Weah announced a food distribution scheme to alleviate the harsh conditions faced by vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 lockdown, a report submitted by the World Food Programme to the Liberian government notes that fewer than five percent of the food has been distributed.
Days after three days of anti-rape protests by hundreds of Liberians, the government has announced it will hold a two-day national conference to discuss sexual and gender-based violence.
As anti-rape protesters pressured the government to take meaningful measures to control a drastic increase in rape cases, many government supporters are driving the narrative that the protests were politically motivated.
Approximately 900 Liberians gathered on Tuesday to demand that their leaders take effective measures to end the epidemic of rape in the country.
With curfews limiting movements and shuttered businesses resulting in employees losing their jobs all across the country, the Coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the livelihood of many Liberians. But one group appears to be particularly susceptible due to the nature of how the virus spreads – sex workers.