Country Liberia
Year 2008
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Unit at the Ministry of Gender and Development was set up to provide services (counselling, legal, referral) to survivors of gender based violence, collect and analyze data on GBV trends and magnitude, disseminate GBV information, create awareness and provide education on GBV prevention and care. The GBV Unit also conducts research on GBV to know the prevalence rate in each county, and to support the smooth and successful consolidation of national efforts geared towards alleviating GBV in the country through the improved coordination of the appropriate prevention and response strategies. In addition, Liberia has opened Criminal Court E - a criminal court room dedicated solely to the prosecution of sexual crimes.

The Ministry of Gender and Development, in its efforts to ensure that survivors of gender based violence are protected, works closely with the Women and Children's Unit of the Liberia National Police, Ministry of Justice as well as human rights organizations.

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/LBR/6, par. 7.27; Response of the Government of Liberia to the questionnaire on Beijing +15, p. 11; Minister of Gender and Development’s presentation at the 54th session of CSW, p. 9