Ms. Sheriff said girls’ education contributes towards the socio, and economic developments of Liberia, therefore they should be given the opportunity to enhance their potential.
The Liberian Children Representative made the statement on Monday during program marking the World Population Day organized by the Liberian Government in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The program was held at the auditorium of the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
She noted that girls’ education in the country has been confronted with several social issues such as rape, abuse and sexual exploitation which lead to teenage pregnancy at an alarming rate in the sub-region; while young boys are being sodomized resulting to severe pain in their stomachs.
The Children’s Representative explained that investing in girls will go a long way in transforming the country’s development pattern in the near future, noting that “girls are critical towards the rebuilding process of the nation.”
She emphasized that all programs designed to foster development of girls in Liberia should be implemented in practical term rather than policy documents which she observed, can be difficult to implement.
Also speaking at the occasion, Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell reiterated her commitment to protect all women irrespective of status or religious background.
Minister Cassell said on several occasions young women including babies have been sexually raped most often resulting to serious medical problems as well as lose their lives.
She promised to ensure that the culprits of rape be sentenced to life imprisonment or to death in accordance with the laws of Liberia.
She commended the Government of Liberia and the United Nations for organizing the program and urged them to help to eliminate female sexual abuses, and other acts associated with gender base violence in the sub-region.