President Weah signs into Law the Domestic Violence Bill
Monrovia, Liberia - The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection applauds H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, for signing into law the Domestic Violence Act, a legal instrument that seeks to abolish all forms of violence meted against women, children and men.
The Ministry views the passage and signing into law of this legislation as a vital tool in curbing and eradicating the scourge of domestic violence which permeated every fabric of our society.
The law categorically recognizes domestic violence as a serious crime against individuals and society which takes on many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Act which has been printed into handbill covers all under its mandate, including vulnerable boys and men.
Additionally, the Act also strengthens the reporting pathway of Domestic Violence cases thereby making it mandatory for Health Care Providers, School Authorities, and Social Workers to report to law enforcement his or her belief that the injury and death of a victim with whom he or she had a professional interaction is related to domestic violence as enshrined in Section 16.30. The Ministry also recognizes that Domestic Violence is a serious evil and a crime against individuals and society which should not be excused or tolerated.
Receiving a signed copy of the Domestic Violence Law from President Weah’s Legal Advisor, (Cllr. Archibald Bernard), Gender Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr commended the Feminist-In-Chief, H.E. President George Manneh Weah, for his affirmative and political will exhibited towards the fight against domestic violence in Liberia. Minister Tarr also extended her Ministry’s appreciation to the Hatchers and Crafters of the Act, the Women Legislative Caucus, Civil Society Groupings, He4She Advocates, AFELL, WANEP, WIPNET, CSOs, Feminists, Activists, the Children’s Representative Forum, International Partners and the resilient women of Liberia for such monumental achievement.
“There couldn’t have been no better land-mark Act for Liberia’s 25th President, His Excellency George Manneh Weah, to push forward the passage as this life-changing legacy Act", the Gender Boss stressed.
"We appreciate the President’s
commitment to the upliftment and protection of women and children to no end. On behalf of those under our mandate, we say thank you President Weah! Thank you plenty", Minister Saydee-Tarr expressed.