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.
Several family members of a five-year-old alleged rape survivor in Paynesville are being held by the police pending the results of medical examination from the Hope for Women medical facility that could determine whether their child was raped.
Authorities of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection say they have turned over 25 children who were accused of witchcraft and abandonedÂ by their parents and guardians at a church in Ganta.
Police in Gbarnga have charged the senior pastor of the St. John United Methodist Church with statutory rape. Rev. Dr. Samuel Karyeah, 54, who is also an associate dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology, has been sent to court.
Activists and women rights groups in Liberia have ended this yearâ€™s 16 Days of Activism. As part of the event, Action Aid launched a campaign to reach as many women and girls, with outreach made at markets around Monrovia.
The Liberia Feminist Forum, other women and human right groups in Liberia are concerned over the rise in reported cases of rape, sexual abuse, forceful initiation, cruel public torture, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices and injustice against women, girls and other marginalized groups in Liberia.
Rights groups such as the Liberia Feminist Forum and other women and human right organizations have expressed concern over increased reports of violence and injustice against women, girls, and other marginalized groups.
Unfortunately, based on trends, investigations, and reports conducted by local and international entities, violence is still very much a virus that corrupts the society. It is important to note that the use of violence has been employed as a means of wrongfully dishing out justice and to commit acts of crime.