The Inquirer (Monrovia)

14 February 2013

Liberia: AFELL Joins One Billion to End Violence

The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) is calling on men to strike and join the global one billion rising aimed at ending violence worldwide. AFELL said it is especially in solidarity with African women whose quest is to study violence no more as women around the world today February 14, observe the 15th anniversary of 'V Day,' a global movement to end violence against women.

The Association said such atrocity can only end if one billion men and women show their collective strength and solidarity to end this violence; to say "enough'! The violence ends now."

In other countries where 'end to violence' is being observed, there are series of activities among which will be hundreds of inspiring posts, photos, and videos of women and men, celebrities and ordinary people who have been organizing for months and speaking out about why they are rising to end violence against women.

Some are organizing dances, flash mobs, workshops, road shows, candle lighting and signature campaigns. While in Liberia, AFELL is encouraging every one woman to call on every radio talk show speaking against violence and or send messages to other women aimed at rising and demanding an end to violence against women.

Other strategies as part of AFELL's position in the global movement is that it has been partnering with Kvinna till Kvinna, a Swedish organization to create awareness on domestic violence and gather inputs from women on how to enact a Domestic Violence Law for Liberia.

This sensitization campaign has been ongoing since 2009 and AFELL is now in nine of the 15 counties and still sees the need to do more and expand nationally. According to AFELL's President, Teplah Reeves, the challenges are cultural barriers and some women who are afraid of appraisal therefore refuse to tell their stories.

"So as we join other women today to observe this moment, we want women, men, our brothers, uncles to strike against violence and dance with us as we rise to fight violence and say no!" Cllr. Reeves concluded.

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