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first_imgThe Liberian government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and UN Women, have signed a US$6.5m agreement to prevent gender based violence in the country.The funding is also intended to strengthen the capacity of institutions helping to tackle Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell signed on behalf of the government, while the Deputy Country Representative and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Liberia, Peterson Magoola, signed for his organization.Minister Cassell said according to GBV statistics there is a relatively slow trend in the fight against this social menace. “From January to August 2016 a total of 931 GBV cases were reported, of which 610 were rapes, compared to January to September 2015 when a total of 1,088 GBV cases were reported nationwide of which 588 were rapes.“Also, between January and December 2014, at the peak of the Ebola epidemic, which was a regional health and developmental crisis, women and children were still violated and a total of 1,392 GBV cases were reported, of which rape accounted for 682. In 2013 a total of 2,159 GBV cases were reported and 1,215 were rapes; 2,495 were reported in 2012, with rape accounting for 1, 501; and 2,383 reported in 2011, with 1,476 rape cases,” she said.UN Women is a global advocate for gender equality working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights and live up to their full potential. The agreement was sealed yesterday at the Gender Ministry during the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender, which is also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The funding was provided by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).Mr. Magoola said the agreement would tackle four key areas with diverse executors.The prevention of gender based violence will be undertaken by UN Women and Gender Ministry, while institution-strengthening will be handled by UNDP and the Ministry of Justice; the communication component is between UNICEF and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while coordination is again to be undertaken by UN Women and the Gender Ministry.Minister Cassell emphasized that violence against women, men, girls and boys is a violation of their human rights.She recounted that this year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism and the 15th commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence campaign in Liberia. “I wish to call on all of you to help create a healthy and not abusive environment where everyone can enjoy peace with safe spaces,” the Minister said. “This year’s 16 Days will also focus on the launch of the End Child Marriage campaign as well as ending violence against children through the launch of the 116 Help-line for Children. “We have come again to ask our media colleagues, our guests and the listening public to help us strengthen this campaign with the communities, the churches, the mosques, the schools, the traditional leaders and stakeholders to end gender based violence and prevent another woman, another man, another girl, another boy and another child from being abused, from being raped, from being sodomized and from being deprived to live as the result of sexual gender based violence.”The Minister added that “this year’s celebration is being observed under the national theme, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World; Stop Domestic Violence, End Child Marriage while Educating All.’” The free hotline to enable children to report violence through any GSM company is 116, which has been temporarily installed at the Gender Ministry, but will be officially transferred and installed at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFEATURES: A Gaoth Dobhair man has been awarded the coveted Willie Joe Cunningham Memorial Award following a ceremony hosted by the Donegal Association of New York last night. Eamon Gallagher was awarded the prestigious award by Donegal Association of New York President, Katie Barrett. The award was in recognition and appreciation of the distinguished service Gallagher has given to both the communities he resided in County Donegal, and to the Irish Diaspora living in New York.President Katie Barrett said, “We pay tribute to you this evening as a loyal Irishman and an entrepreneur who has earned the respect and admiration of both sides of the Atlantic.”Wild Atlantic Gweedore expressed their delight for their neighbour, and tweeted, “Great news #gaothdobhair man Eamonn Gallagher has been awarded the 2016 Willie Joe Cunningham award.GAOTH DOBHAIR MAN WINS COVETED IRISH DIASPORA AWARD IN NEW YORK was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ASSOCIATIONEamon GallagherGaoth DobhairIRISH DIASPORAKatie Barrettnew yorklast_img read more

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first_imgBREAKING Exclusive: ARMED Gardai have arrested two Defence Forces personnel in relation to dissident terrorist activity and the discovery of a pipe bomb in Co Donegal.The serving soldiers were arrested in Donegal, who are aged in their late 20s and early 30s, are being held at Buncrana Garda station.The move by Gardai came less than 24 hours after a viable pipe bomb was discovered at premises in Burnfoot. Officers sealed off that scene yesterday after a tip-off.The soldiers are being questioned about that incident.They are also being quizzed about alleged links to a dissident republican group in Derry.It’s understood the Defence Forces have been assisting Gardai with their investigations in recent weeks, amid allegations the two men have dissident contacts across the Border. The pipe bomb investigation is also linked to the discovery of a similar device at Letterkenny Garda Station last year.Forensic experts are examining the device found yesterday for similarities to that bomb.It’s understood the arrests came today as part of fast-moving Garda investigation. BREAKING NEWS: TWO IRISH ARMY SOLDIERS ARRESTED IN PIPE BOMB PROBE was last modified: February 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armed gardaiarrestsDefence forcesdonegalpipe bombREVEALED: BUNCRANA ‘PIPE BOMB’ WAS PACKED WITH NAILSlast_img read more

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