The Women NGOs Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) has called for reform of the judicial system to ensure speedy trial of sexual and gender-base violence (SGBV) cases.

Development Diaries understands that Liberia has about 700 reported rape cases, according to a recent Justice Ministry report.

Acting Executive Director and Programme Advisor of WONGOSOL, Lena Cummings, called on the government to employ a holistic approach to address the problem.

‘We are recommending that the government reforms the judicial system; this, we think, will ensure speedy trial of reported cases to the police’, Cummings said.

She added that the government should also fund implementation of SGBV roadmap developed and adopted during the inter-ministerial national anti-rape conference.

Partnership for Sustainable Development (PaSD) had earlier called on the country’s government to end rape, early child marriage, female genital mutilation, and other abuses.

The civil society organisation (CSO), which staged a protest in front of the ministerial complex in Congo Town, submitted petition to the government through the Ministry of Gender and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.

Source:  New Dawn Liberia

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