Former Montserrado County Superintendent, Rev. Grace Kpaan, has called for robust punishment for men, who are in the habit of abusing women and exploiting them sexually. Madam Kpaan said the effect of violence against women and the impact on society has caused a serious breakdown of the family value system, thus promoting single parenthood and neglect.
Speaking Tuesday, 25 November at program marking the observance of ‘Violence against Women’ held in Monrovia, the ex-superintendent said: “Violence leads single mothers with no alternative but to either fetch food for themselves or send their children in the streets where they are abused by wicked men in society.”
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf this week issued a proclamation, declaring Tuesday, 25 November as “International Day of Violence against Women”, in compliance with UN resolution. The program was held by the National Coordinating Committee Women of Liberia and the International Transport Workers Federation in collaboration with the Liberia Labor Congress at the head offices of the Labor Congress in Gardnerville, suburb of Monrovia.
Madam Kpaan called on mothers to stop sending their daughters into early marriage, describing the practice as obstacles that prevent access to education, exposes them to exploitation and violence, including FGM and reproduction health risk. She noted that the lives of women have been violated through traditional practices, including female genital mutilation or FGM. According to her, it is about time female lawyers provide free legal services to females, who are not financially strong.
Serving as keynote speaker at the program, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Madam Matilda Parker, condemned the act of violating and abusing women in any form and manner.
Madam Parker said it is always good for people to understand other people’s feelings before doing things for them, noting that women comprise more than half the world’s population. She said women are 70% of the world’s poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write. The NPA boss stressed that violence against women violates fundamental human rights and is an affront to women’s inherent human dignity.
According to her, physical, psychological, and sexual violence against women and girls, public and private, plague all societies and classes and pose tremendous obstacles to the achievement of equality, development and peace. Madam Parker said governments the world over are obligated to prevent violence against women wherever it occurs.