The Liberia Women Forum (LWF), a local NGO dedicated to seeking women’s interest here has condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” in the country.
The LWF President Gurly Gibson said Liberia is no longer in conflict or turmoil for rape and violence against women to be at their peak in daily life of the people.
Madam Gibson condemned a recent rape incident at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital where a young girl was reportedly raped by a dietician, describing the act as devilish and demonic.
According to report, the girl had spent about a month at the JFK undergoing treatment when a dietician preparing daily meals for patients allegedly raped her. The suspect is currently undergoing investigation at the Liberian National Police Headquarters, pending charge and prosecution.
The LWF is calling on the Government of Liberia to protect the victim and ensure a speedy investigation. “We are gravely concerned by the report of the act of rape at our only referrer hospital in Monrovia; we frown on violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys in Liberia”, Madam Gibson said.
She called for an immediate end to violence explicitly targeting women and children. Acts of sexual violence are grave human rights violations that can be considered as
war crimes and crimes against humanity, the organization warned.
The LWF President also called on humanitarian NGOs and the International Community to focus on Liberia, alarming that another war was being waged against young girls, women and children in the country.
The organization pledged to closely monitor the situation to ensure justice and advocate for support for victims.
It appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is a female President, to personally look into the matter and take steps that will ensure justice is given to the victim of the JFK incident.
“We at the Liberian Women Forum, LWF want to say to the family of the victim that we are in pain with you, and we will stand by your until we see that justice prevails in your child’s favor.”
The Liberia Women Forum has also condemned the gruesome murder of a Liberian businesswoman along the Kakata-Monrovia highway recently.
The deceased, Yassah Mulbah Zumo, commonly called Tokpai, was a resident of Rock Hill Community on GSA Road in Monrovia. She was early Saturday morning found lying dead in a ditch at the Todee Junction along the Monrovia-Kakata Highway in Margibi County.
According to reports, the late Madam Yassah Mulbah Zumo was riding onboard a Ministry of Health’s vehicle from Lofa County en route to Monrovia when her lifeless body was discovered along the road.
The body has been deposited at the St. Moses funeral home along the Somalia Drive outside Monrovia, while police have arrested the driver of the vehicle as prime suspect and commenced investigation.
The Liberia Women Forum regrets the death of Madam Zumo and wants government to bring the perpetrators to book.
The LWF is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) situated in Congo Town, suburb of Monrovia.