The U.N. is urging media practitioners in Liberia to play a major role in creating public awareness about gender-based violence, one of the most frequently committed serious crimes in the country, as part of a wider UN push in West Africa to increase media spotlight on sexual violence. “It is at the local level where they have a cardinal and direct bearing on influencing listeners to stop settling in their homes rape and other issues related to Sexual and Gender-based Violence,” said Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for the Rule of Law, at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Association of Journalists against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV), on Feb. 12 in the capital city, Monrovia. (U.N. News Service)

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