-Wants Community Awareness To Reduce The Practice
By Esau J. Farr
A student of the Sociologist Department of the University of Liberia has frowned at what she described as ‘unnecessary co-habitations’ practiced by women and young girls in Liberia.
Ms. Denmat E. B. Wiagbe says she finds it difficult to understand while most women and girls in Liberia enjoy cohabitating with men for unnecessary long period of time.
Cohabitation is generally defined as two people living together as if a married couple.
The young Liberian woman’s expression of frustration followed a video documentary of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in Liberia allegedly perpetrated by men during a program marking the observance of the 1st ‘Orange Day’ organized by Orange Liberia GSM and partners.
Orange Day is a campaign derived from UN resolution in 2017 geared to provide more awareness on SGBV cases in Liberia.
But because the day bears the name of one of the GSM companies in Liberia (Orange Liberia), she chose to jump start the celebration of the event in Liberia.
Ms. Wiagbe pointed out that now is the time for consolidated efforts to help reduce cohabitation amongst women in Liberia.
She named some of the efforts as community engagements and awareness on all SGBV cases in Liberia and way forward in curtailing them.
The Liberian emerging sociologist lamented that she grieves every time she sees women and girls engaged in unnecessary and prolong cohabitations period.
She disclosed that as a sociologist, she will embark on creating awareness both in urban and rural communities to help women and girls who are bent on illegally living with men to desist and preserve their pride and dignity.
“I feel so hurt you know, to see women and my peer group members engaging in acts that endanger their lives and physical wellbeing”, she averred.
Speaking with passion and regret for the inhumane treatment witnessed from the video produced by the Ministry of Gender, the promising young Liberian sociologist vowed to devote her time and energy in waging war against all forms of SGBV across Liberia and ye the world.
“Maybe people like need to establish organization or so to help buttress the efforts of others in ensuring that this devilish act on the part of wicked men is stopped and we condemn it to the highest degree no matter who is involved”, she emotionally stairs the hall amidst cheers from her fellow students.
“Did we all carefully watch and listen to the conditions and troubles those women in the video are going through and what puzzles me the most is that all of them in that video said my boyfriend and not my husband; it has to stop and it begins with each and every one of us”, she concluded.