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Several Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaigners, predominately women, have made a commitment to continue the fight by making sure that the Liberian society is free of GBV.
Speaking when she officially launched the 16 Days of Activism, the Executive Director of HOPE, Madam Keturah York Cooper, called on Liberians, especially women, to hold together in the strive to end violence against women and children.
"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.
Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
The PeaceWomen Team
This month's newsletter is focused on issues of gender in peacekeeping. The edition features a number of news stories showing the UN's growing interest in increasing women's participation in peacekeeping operations (3).
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.