The European Union says it welcomes the Government of Liberia efforts to curb the rise in Gender Based Violence or GBV here.
In a remarks at a function to launch the Liberian programme for the 16-day global campaign which runs from 25 November to 16 December 2015, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann,
said the Government has taken important steps to address the challenge of violence against women and girls, including through the creation of a special SGBV Crime Unit to bolster the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.
Nevertheless, Amb. Intelmann expressed concern at the continued high levels of rape and other sexual violence against women. She welcomed the draft Domestic Violence Bill and expressed hope that the National Legislature will pass it swiftly, sending a clear signal to the general public about the unacceptability of gender based violence.
Amb. Intelmann highlighted that the EU wants a world where the rights of girls and women are claimed, valued and respected by all, and where everyone is able to fulfil their potential and contribute to a more fair and just society. Overall, evidence shows that when women are given equal opportunities and access to resources and to decision-making, communities are more prosperous and more peaceful. The EU is therefore fully committed to break the vicious cycle of gender discrimination by supporting partner countries to achieve real and tangible improvements in gender equality.
Amb. Intelmann noted that the EU is supporting a number of programmes and projects in Liberia with components aimed at supporting gender equality and women’s participation in all areas of society. These include two projects with specific objectives related to gender based violence: one implemented by ActionAid Liberia in River Cess and Grand Bassa counties and one implemented by the Red Cross in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties.