anti-rape walk set for Monday

Cellcom and Alpha Phi Alpha strike partnership against gender violence

News Release | December 6, 2013

Monrovia:- The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter), in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Development and with support from Cellcom Telecommunications will on Monday, December 9, 2013 Presents: Men Against Rape and Gender Based Violence in Liberia "NO MEANS NO/REAL MEN DON'T RAPE" A National Awareness Campaign. In Partnership, the Ministry of Gender will host a major anti-rape walk, which is expected to bring out thousands of people to protest against gender based violence.

One of the organizers of the walk - Mr. Henrique Caine noted that “men from all walks of life, religion, and tribal backgrounds, socio-economic standings are taking a firm stand against gender based violence and rape. They are stating emphatically, that there is no place in a modern society for rape and gender based violence. “Rape and abuse is unacceptable and intolerable at all times!” Mr. Caine observed that the need for a major walk and awareness comes from the increase in gender based violence against women and children.

The President of the Alpha Phi Alpha, Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Liberia Hon. T. Nelson Williams revealed that it was a result of the overwhelming number of cases of violence against women that the Phi Alpha Phi decided that an anti-rape campaign would be one of the major programs carried out by the fraternity. He noted: “The problem of rape and gender based violence is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated on any level whatsoever. We as Alpha men deplore it in every sense and must stand up against it. It goes against everything we believe and the very core principles of our Fraternity."

A first walk was held under the theme: “no means no” on Monday, December 2 at 8 AM from Fish Market to the Antoinette Tubman stadium. The Justice Ministry approved the walk and the Liberia National Police helped with security.

A formal program will follow after the walk at the ATS. Key partners are Cellcom and the Ministry of Gender. Hon. Williams noted: "We are very pleased for the support we have received from Cellcom in this effort and we ask others to join with Alpha Phi Alpha, other stakeholders, and the Ministry of Gender and Development in the fight against rape and gender based violence."