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Liberian women have re-echoed their call for robust steps to be taken by the government, especially the judiciary, to end sexual and Gender based violence (SGBV) against them.
They re-echoed the call at the Women, Peace, and Security forum recently organized in Gbarnga, Bong County by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The public campaign to end violence against women has come and gone but the issue of sexual violence against women is on the rise in Liberia.
Deputy Chief Prosecutor, George Sargbeh speaking recently at a news conference in Monrovia said, “the lack of sufficient evidence is an impediment to prosecuting sexual and gender-based violence.”
"Black Diamond" and her comrades may look like any bunch of street-wise girls with attitude but they have the military hardware to back up the look.
"Mortars are my favourite weapon," says the leader of a group of Liberian women rebel fighters - the Women's Artillery Commandos (WAC).
Even her enemies on the government side acknowledge her military strength.
Last year, I reported with the intrepid Glenna Gordon a story about Liberia's Court E, a court chamber in the capital city of Monrovia dedicated only to rape cases. The court, which will turn two in Februrary, was a direct response to what many people we met called a rape "epidemic" in Liberia. The country's post-war rape stats are sky-high, and most of the victims are young girls.
Liberian women from across Liberia have decried the practices of early marriage and Sexual Gender Base Violence in the country.
Though, the women are tirelessly in search to finding a lasting solution to the practices of SGBV and early marriage, they have ended a three day consultative national stakeholder forum with several Liberian women forming part of the initiative.
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