MONROVIA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a pledge to end violence against women and girls, making her the 19th Head of State to sign on to the pledge.
A presidential statement reaching Xinhua on Wednesday said the Liberian leader's signing of the commitment is in keeping with the UN Secretary-General's campaign code named: "UNITE to End Violence again Women."
UN Women is leading a commitment drive for governments to publicly express their commitment and dedication to ending violence against women and girls.
The statement said President Sirleaf concurred with the global campaign that it is the responsibility of all governments to protect their citizens while intensifying efforts to end impunity against violence.
"I am committing Liberia to three pledges: adopt domestic violence legislation and ensure its implementation by relevant state authorities; ensure that funds are allocated in the National Budget for the implementation of the National Action Plan on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; and upscale efforts with the Liberian Justice System to improve women and girls' access to justice and to end impunity for violence against women and girls," the statement quoted the Liberian leader as saying.
President Sirleaf used the occasion to instruct the Gender and Development Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell, to ensure that the commitment is well publicized and, at the same time, share it with all the branches of government for their full participation in its implementation.
The statement also quoted the UN Women Representative to Liberia, Madam Sheelagh Kathy Mangones, as saying that President Sirleaf has always demonstrating her commitment to protecting the rights of women and girls.
Mangones expressed support to the Liberian government in its drive to protect citizens, especially women and girls, as the UN's zero tolerance will always be upheld in collaboration with individual governments.
Statistics show that one in every three women across the world will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, which is equal to one billion women.