“Nobody Gets Justice Here!”

Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the Rule of Law in Liberia

Authored by: Niels Nagelhaus Schia and Benjamin de Carvalho

Categories: The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: International Agreements, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health, UN Resolutions
Country: Liberia
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2009
Citation: Schia, Niels Nagelhaus and Benjamin de Carvalho. "Nobody Gets Justice Here!" Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the Rule of Law in Liberia. Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Department of Security and Conflict Management, 2009.

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This report addresses the implementation of gender perspectives in post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the case of Liberia through the broader conceptual implementation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1325 “On Women, Peace and Security” and the construction of physical units for the protection of women and children, the Women and Children Protection Sections (WACPS) adjacent to Liberian National Police (LNP) stations throughout Liberia. In addressing specific measures undertaken within the framework advanced through the UN’s work on implementing UNSC resolution 1325, we have sought to address the extent to which these measures address the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). To what extent have the policies promoted by the UN worked to address the problems of vulnerable groups, and to what extent have they taken into account the needs ‘on the ground.’ We have paid specific attention to the relation between projects and processes aimed at addressing SGBV, and the more general processes for (re)constructing and strengthening the institutions of the rule of law.