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Sexual Violence Against Women in Liberia 13 April 2007
Just over a year ago Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa, took office in Liberia - Africa’s oldest republic.

Liberia had just emerged from 14 years of civil war, during which time women and girls experienced unprecedented levels of sexual violence, with 3 in 4 women in some regions, having been raped. But evidence suggests that violence against women remains an extensive problem during this post-conflict era. 

Miriam talks to Annie Jones Demen, the Liberian Deputy Minister for Gender, Hilary Benn, Minister for International Development and Claire Parker, a reproductive health worker for the medical relief charity, Merlin who is based in Liberia.

Department for International Development - on gender equality
Department for International Development - profile of Liberia

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