17 December 2015

Liberia: Tan Tan B and Other Artists Condemn Violence Against Women

Top music industry headliners, including Tan Tan B, has condemned violence against women and children, and any act that dehumanizes them in the society.

"Dehumanizing women and children in any form is wrong and unacceptable," said Tan Tan B.

He said that musicians have come to realize that they have a role to play in society and are committed to ending violence against women as they did to end Ebola in Liberia.

"When there is a key issue or national issue, it is our obligations to speak about it as entertainers. When the Ebola situation intensified in Liberia, we fully got engaged in the fight through songs and videos that aided the process," he added.

The rapper, who spoke on behalf of the group, MoHOPE, pledged their full support to end violence against women and children anywhere in Liberia.

The group made the announcement at a well attend press conference over the weekend at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP).

"We all know the importance of campaigning to end violence against women and children. They might be your sisters and mothers, but more importantly, they have rights and their rights must be protected," Tan Tan B said.

He said despite the end of the 16 Days of Activism that denounces violence against women and children by the Ministry and its partners, the group remains committed to carrying out 365 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children, with the motto: "It starts with you and ends with us."

According to him, in the coming months, they will be releasing new songs, videos and dramas that support the fight to end violence against women and children.

Tan Tan B, who is also the son of the Vice President of Liberia, called on everyone that is engaged in violence against women and children to immediately desist from such acts, "because it is tarnishing the reputation of men."

"It is necessary that every man in the county, including all musicians, join the fight. There should be no reason why men should abuse women and children," he said.

In a brief remark, Deddeh A. Kwekore, Director for Gender Based Violence at the Ministry, lauded the group for pledging their support to ending violence against women and children. Madam Kwekore described the group's support as a timely intervention.

Other members of the group in attendance were: Soul Smiter, J Glo, Speedo'o, Terziq da CIC, Fullest 4, T Wax, among others.

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