1028 SGBV Cases Reported From January to June 2018

first_imgUN Women calls for immediate actionUN Women Operations Director, Yawo Mensah Magio, said incidents of sexual violence against women and girls continue to escalate, with 1,028 of cases reported for the period between January to June this year alone.Magio made the statement yesterday, November 13, when UN Women donated office supplies to the Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Unit of the Liberia National Police (LNP), in order to strengthen the country’s prosecution services.The donation was a part of the activities outlined in the government and United Nations Joint Program to respond to and prevent SGBV and harmful traditional practices in the country.The fund was provided by Sweden Embassy through the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA).Magio added, “We are alarmed by these increasing numbers, and wonder why women and girls continue to be violated, with perpetrators walking with impunity. This is a concern for everyone who may have a girl child, because it is very serious.”He said violence against women and girls is one of the most serious, pervasive and widespread crime in the country.Magio said that one in three women and girls experiences physical or sexual violence at some point in life, “because in Liberia, violence against women and girls has been deeply entrenched in social and cultural landscape, yet it remains one of the least crimes for which the perpetrators are never prosecuted.”He said all forms of violence against women and girls are human rights-related matters and that it is an impediment to the advancement of women and girls.The issue of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices, according to Magio, requires a multifaceted approach involving all stakeholders, civil society organizations, government, the international community, religious leaders and youth.“It is our fervent hope that these supplies will strengthen your capacity to ensure the safety and protection of our girls and women, ensuring that perpetrators are brought before a court and prosecuted for crimes against women and girls,” Magio said.Upon receiving the items, the Division Director of the SGBV Unit,  John Africanus Aquoi Gabriel, expressed gratitude to UN Women, promising to use the items not only in Monrovia but across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Find your Edge

first_imgThe Edge is donating his favorite instrument to an auction benefiting Music Rising, a charity the U2 guitarist co-founded to replace musical equipment lost or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He’s logged thousands of hours of stage and studio time on the 1975 Gibson Les Paul. The 45-year-old musician has used the guitar throughout his years with U2. “I wanted to give something really significant that would really mean a lot for me to give. It deserved something that I would miss,” The Edge told The Associated Press by phone from France. The Icons of Music auction, administered by Julien’s Auctions, features 196 rock-related items, including a saxophone signed by President Bill Clinton, a guitar that belonged to Jimi Hendrix and an original Elvis Presley recording contract. An exhibit of auction highlights will travel from Los Angeles to Dublin, Ireland, and London before the sale ends April 21 with an event at Manhattan’s Hard Rock Cafe. Fans may bid online or in person. The Edge’s guitar was expected to fetch between $60,000 to $80,000, according to the auction Web site. Bandmates Adam Clayton donated a bass guitar, Larry Mullen gave a pair of tom-tom drums and Bono donated a pair of Emporio Armani sunglasses. “It’s some great poetry to ask the people like myself, who’ve earned a good living from rock ‘n’ roll, to donate items to an auction that would help protect and stave off the decline of the music culture in the Gulf Coast,” he said. New Orleans is the soul of American music, so the Irish rocker said he felt compelled to help after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He created Music Rising in 2005 with record producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson chairman Henry Juszkiewicz. “One of the good things about globalization is it has created a single international music community, and I feel very much part of it,” he said. “So this doesn’t seem like it’s someone else’s problem. It’s really our problem, too.” The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, first discovered the area’s rich musical culture as a young member of U2. He was intoxicated by the city’s jazz funerals, where scores of musicians parade down the street in colorful costumes covered with flowers and feathers. “Jazz came out of New Orleans, and that was the forerunner of everything,” he said. “You mix jazz with European rhythms, and that’s rock ‘n’ roll really.” – Associated Presslast_img read more