Gender Based Violencce Action Plan Secretariat launched in Monrovia

Thursday, 30th November 2006
President Sirleaf receives copy of a the book containing stories of Gender Based Violence during Liberia's conflict and post conflict era.
President Sirleaf receives copy of a the book containing stories of Gender Based Violence during Liberia's conflict and post conflict era.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says there is a need for a collaborative approach to solve the problems of Gender Based Violence (GBC) in the country. The President observed that Gender Based Violence; especially sexual exploitation is a human rights issue, which she noted, escalates in conflict and post conflict times all over the world.

Gender Based Violence, the President noted, causes severe mental health and social dysfunction and spoke of the need for Government, Partners, Communities, families and individuals to mobilize resources to support the cause.

The Liberian leader made the remarks on Thursday at the Gender Ministry, when she served as Chief Launcher of the Gender Based Violence Action Plan Secretariat. The Program was launched along with a book entitled; ďOne Pain Touches All.Ē It contains stories of Gender Based Violence during Liberiaís conflict and post conflict era.

The President lauded the efforts of all those who have contributed towards the success of the program.

The occasion was graced by officials of the Ministry of Gender headed by its Minister Vabah Gayflor, several international and local institutions, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Women Advocacy Groups, as well as local and International Non-governmental Organizations (NGOS).