This is the percentage of Liberian women that are said to have been victims of rape during the country’s civil war.
While this may be an overestimation courtesy of Nick Kristof, gender-based violence is a serious concern in Liberia. The latest (and most reliable) data on the subject has just been released by the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, showing that both women and men are frequent victims of domestic violence. Extract:
Overall, 26% of the surveyed adult Liberians reported having experienced a severe beating by their spouse or partner. When considering women only, severe beatings by a spouse or partner were reported by 36% of the women. Among men, as many as 16% reported violent beatings. The most common reasons for the beating were cheating (32%) and coming home late (22%). (Source)
Posters, billboards, pamphlets can be seen around town as part of the Ministry of Gender’s effort to break the taboo and raise awareness around gender-based violence. Here is another one:
This campaign slogan could sound far-fetched (yet effectively dissuasive?). But given that many Liberian women have their first child as young as 16, she could (technically) be your mother.
A couple of years ago, Liberia created Court E, a chamber dedicated only to trial rape cases while protecting the victim’s identity. But this is the only article I have seen about the court’s operations, indicating challenges to its work in a climate that remains too complacent of rape.