ActionAid-Liberia will today, Wednesday, launch its “Safe Cities” for Women Campaign in the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia.
The exercise is aimed at tackling the causes of violence against women in urban and public spaces, and the relationship between poor or inadequate public services and violence against women in the city.
According to ActionAid Liberia Country Director, Ms. Korto Williams, the fight for women and girls to have a safe learning environment should not be ignored by anyone.
ActionAid is working with the Women Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Secretariat of Liberia. Its activists and Women’s Forum, existing partners and structures are currently undertaking related work, such as the work around safe cities and women’s rights.
ActionAid Liberia’s ‘Safe Cities’ campaign has a focus on young female students and their safety and mobility.
A recent City report (1&2) of women and girls shows that the number of women receiving higher (tertiary) education in Liberia is increasing gradually with the students coming from diverse backgrounds, including poor urban and rural communities.
The release states that these students with no economic status normally are denied access to opportunities like obtaining scholarships and are likely to be victims of “sex for grades.” These handicaps have been normalized where an instructor will sexually harass female students and go unpunished, while many female students often attend evening classes and face dangers returning home at night.
As part of activities marking the launch of “safe cities for women,” ActionAid Liberia will today hold a safety walk to highlight risky spots around Monrovia and at each spot, the women will hear perspectives of the dangers and risks they face in the city.
Those invited to speak at today’s occasion include the Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and LEC Managing Director, Joeseph T. Mayah.