Liberia’s president, George Weah has declared that special prosecutor for rape will be appointed to deal with what has now been declared a national emergency.
Mr. Weah has also declared the formation of the national rape emergency.
Not only will a special prosecutor for the crime be appointed but a national sex offender registry will be set up as well.
In a statement from the Liberian presidency, $2million is to be allocated towards efforts at fighting rape across the country.
The Liberian president was responding to series of protests by women who have called for an end to abuse of women and girls.
President Weah of Liberia declares rape as a national emergency- statement below says a special prosecutor for rape will be appointed, & a national sex offender registry will be set up.
(A reminder that women have recently led protests over the rise in cases in Liberia) pic.twitter.com/v0C7g3xpS1
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) September 12, 2020
Liberia held a conference on rape and sexual abuse against women between September 8 and 9 to bring to the fore the issue of rape and develop a roadmap to fight it.