By Jefferson D.Tweh
Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) in collaboration with FINN Church AID has demonstrated its commitment and provided legal knowledge to Banjor Mother’s Club over the weekend in Monrovia.
The sole purpose of the workshop is to educate women on Access to Justice, Economic Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Mental and Emotional Abuse, and Domestic Violence against women and girls in the country.
The Project Coordinator of FCA/AEFLL, Atty E.Gidu Johnson disclosed that domestic violence against women and girls is prohibited, unprofessional, unethical and unrealistic and leads to depression, edginess and panic attacks, therefore women and girls rights should be protected at all times.
Atty Johnson explained that 85% of intimate partner of violence are women and those women range between the ages of 16-24 are the highest risk of being affected by intimate partner of domestic violence.
According to Atty Johnson, women who are married or living with their boyfriends or who have partners and did not live together, are people who are mostly victims of domestic violence.
“Partners who are living together must love, respect, care, caring, understand and cherish one another and they should always settle their disputes at home maturely and the man should be patient with his wife at all times,” Atty Johnson stated.
Atty Johnson told the women at the workshop to always report rape cases to the Liberia National Police (LNP) to bring the perpetrators to court for prosecution.
“Please, if anybody rapes your girl child, do not settle the matter the family way, rather report the case to the Liberia National Police, because rape case is not something that can actually be settled at home and do not allow anybody to bribe you just to forget about the case,” Atty Johnson averred.
She stated further that the Liberia National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, pillar 2 states that the Government of Liberia will put down laws that will not allow anybody or group to make women to use their bodies to make money or will not also allow bad treatment against women and girls on jobs.
“Government says people who trouble women will not go free anymore and the court will see to it that women problems that come before them will be looked into good and on time,” Atty Johnson explained to participants.
The President of Banjor Mother’s Club, Mrs. Fatu S. Harding, has lauded the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) for the legal knowledge provided to Banjor Mother’s Club.
Mrs. Harding disclosed that the workshop has inspired many women in the community and prayed that AFELL continues with her good work in the country.