By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-About 25 Prosecuting Lawyers from the Ministry of Justice have benefited from training in Domestic Violence Law.
It was meant to enhance the implementation of due diligence to prevent and respond to domestic violence against women and girls in the country.
These 25 Government Lawyers were selected from Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties.
The capacity-building training was initiated by the Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH).
It was held under its Project Title: “Supporting Women and Young Girls to Participate in Decision-making, including peace-building Processes at all levels.
ORWOCH is a Nongovernmental Organization that is committed to championing the rights of women and girls.
The group also builds the capacities of women and girls in the country so as to take collective action against all forms of domestic violence.
With funding support from KWINNA IL KWINNA (KTKA), the Training is geared towards familiarizing Law Enforcement and Justice Sector Professionals with the national laws and international standards relative to domestic violence, particularly violence experienced by women.
It can be recalled that in 2029, President George Weah signed into law the Domestic Violence Act to address domestic violence in Liberia.
But the implementation of the law by duty bearers remains a major challenge even though some efforts have been made over time.
Since the law was passed in 2019, it remains rarely or largely unused by the Liberian Magisterial Courts.
Ms. Hawa Jembell, Acting Executive Director of ORWOCH, mentioned that law enforcement and justice are crucial to address domestic violence in the country.
She noted that the achievement of a violent-free society will require all hands on deck.
“We are confident that at the end of this training session, the domestic violence law will become a useful working tool in the fight against domestic violence while holding the abuser accountable,” Jembell.
The training also aimed at improving knowledge and insights underlying domestic violence.
“Throughout our workings in Liberia, we notice that implementation of laws and policies are a problem, what is the challenge in the implementation,” KVINNA TO KVINNA (KTK) Representative noted.