Source: Heritage (Minrovia)
The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Gender and Development has donated US$50,000 to several women organizations here to fight crime.
Making the donation Monday, July 30, 2012, at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia, Gender and Development Minster Julia Duncan-Cassell asserted: "We are glad to be working with all of you, because government cannot do it alone; it is only through the help of you in the civil society, in the various communities that can help us to fight the kinds of crimes we are talking about."
She disclosed that crimes the recipients of the GOL donation are expected to fight are: arm robbery, violence against women and children, rape among others. She noted that the donation was GOL's way of empowering the nine community-based women groups to intensify the fight against crime and report same to the appropriate authorities.
Gender and Development Minister Duncan-Cassell divulged that the amount donated to the women organizations was a part of the ministry's commitment in its 2011-2012 budgetary allotment for the Women Against Crime, a women group fighting crime in various communities in Monrovia and its environs.
She added that her administration then decided to incorporate several other legally registered women organizations under the program, to help combat crime from the community level. Organizations that received the GOL donation include: Women Against Crime, Christian Foundation for Women, Girls & Disadvantage Children and the Esther Johnson Day Care & Retirement Homes, Inc.
Others are: Initiative for Peace and Development, National Federation of Women Empowerment and Allied Workers, Tabitha Women in Business, Vital Women Initiative of Liberia and Women Against Crime in Liberia.