Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Overview of the GBV Unit of the Ministry of Gender and Development

Background and Situation Analysis

Gender-based violence is a phenomenon common to many societies across the world. Since the end of hostilities in Liberia, the upsurge in gender based violence is one of Liberia’s major post-conflict challenges. Findings from assessments and researches on violence against women and girls in Liberia revealed that women and girls are the most vulnerable in terms of sexual and other forms of domestic violence.

For example in 2004 IRC reported that 34.3% women suffered domestic violence while another study in 2007 reveals 93% of 300 women interviewed in two of Liberia’s 15 counties (Montserrado & Nimba) suffered domestic violence at the hands of their husbands and other partners.

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