The Liberian President George Weah, has declared rape a national emergency. He’s directed new measures to tackle it after the West African State witnessed a recent spike of cases and he’ll also be setting up a national security task force.
Over the year, Nigerian women raised their voices on several issues they face in the society especially the high state of rape which made the Nigerian government declare a state of emergency on rape with 36 governors saying that they are “committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law.”
Similarly, Sierra Leone also declared a national emergency on rape last year. In stark contrast, South Africa, which is home to the highest femicide rate in the world and generally high incidents of gender-based violence, has yet to declare any state of emergency with regards to the continued violation of South African women. Despite protests, both in the form of online movements and on-the-ground demonstrations, the numbers are on the increase, According to OkayAfrica.
Witnessing what is actually an epidemic of rape within the pandemic, affecting mostly children and young girls across the country.In an address by President Weah.
Last month, “March for Justice” was organised after a 19-year-old boy in rural Liberia allegedly used a razor blade to mutilate the genitals of a 3-year-old girl, which he reportedly thought would enable him to rape her more easily. The organisers reported that about 5,000 people turned out for the protests.
Margaret Taylor, the director of Liberia’s Women Empowerment Network, told the AFP news agency last month that her NGO had recorded 600 cases of rape between June and August, for example. That was up from between 80 and a hundred cases in May, she said.