Liberian Vice President, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, on Monday held a conference with over 200 boys from various school to sensitise them against violence on the female folks. The gathering further focused on how boys can protect girls against gender-based violence and sexual abuse.
The programme, with the theme “Real Men don’t rape” featured several panel discussions on the physical and psychological effect of rape of victims, and decent men who know what it takes to be a real man.
In his speech, UN Women programme specialist, Mahmoud Koroma, encouraged young boys to keep a focus on their education, as girls will always be around to love them.
According to him, boys should be always prepared to protect girls from sexual violence in their respective communities and schools.
Cecelia Danuweli, an independent Human Rights Advocate, said there is a need to include boys in sexual dialogues as it will help broaden their knowledge on SGBV. She said too many attentions have been placed on girls and with the participation of boys, a lot of programmes can be initiated to send the message against sexual violence.
T. Nelson Williams, former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), said tackling SGBV cannot be done without the involvement of boys, men, and parents.
“You boys must serve as ambassadors in spreading the message against rape throughout the country,” Williams said.