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AFELL Official Wants Mothers Protect Their Children
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AFELL Official Wants Mothers Protect Their Children
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, December 8 (LINA) –The President of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Vivian Neal, wants Liberian mothers to be more vigilant in giving full protection to their children.

Atty. Neal feels this is critical, taking into consideration the growing wave of sexual and gender-based violence, especially the overwhelming incidents of rape in the country.

According to her, this means that as 'mothers' they should be on the alert at all times about the whereabouts of their children and in whose care they leave their children.

The AFELL president made the statement Wednesday at a one-day Discussion on Measures to reduce the incidents of rape in the country.

The event was organized by The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia in collaboration with Actionaid.

“We must close those corridors and opportunities used by some children such as sending them out to sell, or to buy items late at night and also when going to work, to the farm, out of town markets, and leaving them vulnerable at home or in the community,” she stressed.

The AFELL president then recommended a modern forensic laboratory setup to help the country gather strong and accurate evidence for prosecution.

She further stressed the need for the establishment of additional and specialized Courts to help reduce the overcrowding of court dockets and the prolonged pre-trial detention of alleged perpetrators.

Atty. Neal also recommended that Sexual and Gender Based Violence form
part of the school curriculum, beginning from the elementary level and that all religious institutions be encouraged to preach against Sexual and Gender Based Violence, especially on the issue of rape.

She, however, commended the Liberian Government for its fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence through the Justice and Gender Ministries.

Atty. Neal also lauded the participants for attending the program, noting that it was a true manifestation of their commitment and solidarity for them to eradicate or reduce sexual and gender based violence in Liberia.
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