Reasons for high incidence of sexual and gender based violence Liberia

Reasons for high incidence of sexual and gender based violence Liberia

22 November 2012

In-depth study on reasons for high incidence of sexual and gender based violence in Liberia. Recommendations on Prevention and Response.

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Liberia is transforming towards sustainable development after 14 years of conflict. In spite of the remarkable recovery that has been achieved since 2005, the peace, basic human rights and freedoms that women and girls of Liberia expect to enjoy continue to be undermined by the increasing cases of sexual and gender based violence. Statistics from the 2008 Population and Housing Census show that rape and domestic violence, accounted for over 70% of all reported cases in Liberia. It is noteworthy that rape and other forms of sexual abuse were widespread during the war as a tool that was used to terrorise, punish and control the civilian population. It was used to destroy the fabric of society and leave its victims with physical, emotional and social scars that could not be erased. However the persistence of this act in peaceful times requires a concerted effort to understand the dynamics fuelling it, understanding the perpetrators and how communities have dealt with the issue is key to finding lasting solutions.

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Reasons for high incidence of sexual and gender based violence Liberia

In-depth study on reasons for high incidence of sexual and gender based violence in Liberia. Recommendations on Prevention and Response.