Doing more to stop violence against women in Liberia and around the globe

Lily Ballout, Reporter

Sit-ins have been happening around Liberia to protest violence against women.

“Naomi Sulanke, one of the organizers of the sit-in action told FrontPageAfrica that the protest would be a continuous process aimed at bringing the government’s attention to the alarming situation of violence against women and girls on a daily basis,” Liberian news journalist Alline Dunbar reported.

In addition, Dunbar reported that Naomi Sulanke mentioned that “women need to feel safe, we are tired with the excuses, we are tired with girls been killed and we don’t have no concrete action being taken by our government. Our government is supposed to ensure that all its citizens are secure and women are the soft target in Liberia when it comes to both election and domestic violence.”

Sulanke also believes that the Ministry of Gender and the Liberia National Police as well as other government agencies and ministries that work along with the cases of women are not fully equipped to help prevent and reduce crimes and violence against women, Dunbar mentioned.

Sulanke added in the same article that “we are tired with the excuses that there is no money. We are tired with the excuses that there is no health practitioner there when women are being violated.”

Not only in Liberia, but around the world, violence against women persists. In the United States, October is domestic violence awareness month. The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), an organization dedicated to fighting for women’s rights, are hosting an event to raise awareness amongst children and adults included facing both genders and discussing the damage it causes women in our society.

Although the organization does not have a complete plan worked out for the event coming in October, it is the general idea that matters and will be discussed locally in Lewiston, Idaho.

According to the Office on Violence Against Women, “Domestic violence is a serious violent crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. It is frequently hidden from public view. Many victims suffer in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities.”

In Liberia, a request or petition was presented to George Weah, President of Liberia, by the women partaking in the protest to do more to advocate for women.