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JFL boss frowns on the growing wave of SGBV

By Lincoln G. Peters

The founder and executive director of Justice Forum LIBERIA, (JFL) Maxson S. Kpakio has frowned on the CDC-led government for not doing enough against rape and gender-based violence in the country.

 Speaking via a telephone from the United Kingdom, Mr. Kpakio expressed serious disappointment in the government, stating that despite the mass protest of August 2020 that led the government of President George Weah to call for a two-day national conference on gender-based violence and as of US $2 million to fight the crime, no tangible steps have been taken to robustly handle the situation.

He said it is frustrating to note that perpetrators of such grave crimes are winning every day and leaving families struggling for justice while babies are dying from rape. 

The justice advocate is reminding the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection of its social contract to protect the Liberian people, including children and other vulnerable persons in the society. 

He wants the Ministry to give a full evaluation report regarding the $2 million, stressing that one and half years is enough to brief the people about progress.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kpakio is calling on lawmakers to do due diligence and pay attention to the many voices crying out for justice, accountability and good governance.

 He said by now the men and women at the Capitol should have since invited both the Gender and Justice Ministers to cross-examine them regarding the issue of rape and the $2 million. Editing by Jonathan Browne       

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