President George Weah Wednesday declared himself as a feminist who will work towards promoting women empowerment under his leadership.
He defined feminist as relating to or advocating for equal rights for women.
“Today, I wish to declare myself as Liberia’s feminist in Chief,” the President said.
“I will do all I can as President of the Republic of Liberia to work on gender equality and empowerment for all women in Liberia.”
He made the statement at the Monrovia City Hall when the International SHEROES Forum honored him as a champion for the “HE FOR SHE” campaign by his decision to choose a woman to serve as his running mate in the 2017 elections in Liberia.
The President announced increment in budgetary allotment for the specialized rape court to fast-track sexual and gender-based violence related cases.
“We will ensure the protection of women and girls in order to achieve a zero tolerance for sexual and gender-based violence,” he said.
The President recounted that the rape court was established two years ago to adjudicate sexual and criminal cases but unfortunately, there have been very few convictions as the legal process has been slow.
According to Liberia’s Gender and Children Protection Ministry, from January to September 2017, a total of almost 900 sexual and gender-based violence cases were reported with 175 children involved.
President Weah said the mass raping of girls at the More Than Me Foundation is regrettable and condemnable. He urged Liberians to be patient and allow government to investigate the matter.
-Alex Yomah/ Jenebou Turay