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Atty. Martus W. Bangalu Statement at the Film Festival Opening

Monrovia – December 2, 2019: The Deputy National Authorizing Office (DNAO) Atty. Martus W. Bangalu of the Ministry Of Finance and Development Planning

(MFDP) has cautioned Liberians especially the youth to always keep away from all forms of violent acts, particularly Gender Based Violence.

Atty. Bangalu made the statement during the official launching program of the Annual Euro-Liberian Film Festival 2019 held in the TM Silverbird Cinema

Conference Hall in Mamba Point Monrovia.

The Program brought together dignitaries, officials of government and developmental partners, as well as a sizeable member of the general public and young Liberian

artists.

According to Atty. Bangalu, Gender-Based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls, is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.

She quoted a World Bank 2019 report on Gender Based Violence as saying:

•      35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

•      Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner.

•      Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.

•      200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.

As this year’s Theme indicates “Stop The Violence, Make The Change”, she emphasized, “We as a government see this as a clarion call to all Liberians especially our

youthful generation to always keep away from all forms of violent acts, most especially Gender Based Violence.”

“This year's film festival will offer a rich programme of Liberian, African and European movies, short films, and documentaries showcasing the rich diversity of culture

but also highlighting the menace of gender based violence in our society,” she indicated. She intoned “ The NAO would like to commend all other Government

and private institutions that are collaborating with Kriterion Monrovia, organizer of this Third EURO-LIBERA Film Festival for their commitment and support in

ensuring the successful implementation of this event.”

“Let us continue to work and provide the needed support to the European Union Liberian Partnership in whatsoever way that will improve the lives of our people and society.”

She than concluded by once more commending the EU for this initiative as well as its continuous support to the development needs of Liberia.

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