The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Gov't Urge to Take More Action On GBV

Liberia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Marjon Kamara, has urged government to use multi-sectoral approach towards ending Gender-based violence against women.

She said that Gender-based violence is a universal phenomenon which affects women and girls in all parts of the world and as such calls for a universal mobilization, commitment and action in order to overcome the menace.

Amb. Kamara spoke at the official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

She explained that though violence against women comes in different forms and manifestations, there can be no justification for its occurrence and therefore it is unacceptable in any form or shape."

It is a violation of human rights, and a form of discrimination against women" she pointed out.

Ambassdor Kamara, reminded the audience to take advantage of internationally agreed instruments in order to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against women and girls." Much work has already been done.

At the United Nations, Member States have over time built strong commitments; the provisions laid out in international conventions, declarations, resolutions and agreed conclusions offer clear roadmaps for actions by all Member States".

She therefore urged the national Governments as well as the International Community to do more to accelerate the implementation of these international standards and commitments.

The Liberian Diplomat who also serves as a Chair for the UN Commission on the Status of Women, emphasized the need for increased political will at the national level so as to enable Governments tackle the root causes of violence against women.

This, she said was necessary in order to ensure progress in prevention. She intimated that the UN Commission on the Status of Women will convene in March this year to take stock of progress in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.

For his part, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon urged Governments to take practical steps to eliminate Gender-based violence against women and girls. He pointed out that this undesirable phenomenon, was one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violation and that it must be fought on all fronts.

Also speaking, was the UN, under Secretary -General and the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, who called on Governments to make specific commitments to denounce violence against women and girls, and urged them to create equal opportunities for women and girls at all levels of human endeavors.

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