GOL Begins Building Safe Homes for Rape Survivors

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President Weah greets the audience at the anti-rape conference in Monrovia

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender, Children Social Protection (MGCSP) has begun the construction and rehabilitation of safe homes that will host survivors of rape, following a recent call by anti-rape protesters some weeks back.

Gender Minister Willamette Saydee-Tarr, presenting the Anti-Rape Road Map on SGBV document on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, for revision and consideration by participants at the conference, disclosed that the MGCSP, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Finance, partners, and international donors, have begun rehabilitation of three of the safe homes with additional three reconditioned to accommodate survivors.

Minister Saydee-Tarr said the process will be completed and accessible to survivors by December this year, hoping to construct the same in all fifteen counties as of June 2021 to resolve the issue of stigmatization of survivors. 

The issue of safe homes for survivors has been a serious challenge for the Government and people of Liberia since, in most cases, survivors are taken back into communities where they were violated.

Minister Saydee-Tarr unveiled that they have begun to construct four additional safe homes in the country. The idea, she said, is to have adequate safe homes in all fifteen counties to care for women, girls and children who have been abused.

“We have safe homes that are run by the government and safe homes that are run by our CSO partners. We want to be able, by 2021, to have two safe homes in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, and Grand Kru counties.” 

The Minister of Gender said when the safe homes are constructed, it will incorporate women, girls and boys. Children who have gone through such horrible acts will no longer be released to the public or communities where they were abused, but rather be taken to the safe homes for counseling and other care.

The Anti-Rape Road Map on SGBV promises to be an advantage and beneficiary to survivors as it focuses on three major areas with support and timeline; issues of health, justice, and safe homes were these individuals can be attended to from the time of the incident to its conclusion.

The conference, where Minister Saydee-Tarr made the disclosure, is also intended to identify issues that are not in the anti-rape road map document.

First Lady Clar M. Weah has also condemned the alarming issue of rape in the country. 

Madam Weah stressed the need to place more concentration on the precaution and prevention of SGBV rather than punishment.

She called for a robust awareness in the fight against rape and SGBV, adding that “The construction of safe homes and DNA machines are all important, but raising awareness on rape and SGBV related issues is much more important in the fight against this crisis.”

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  • Hannah N. Geterminah is a 2016 graduate of the Peter Quaqua School of Journalism with diploma and series of certificates in journalism from other institutions. She has lots of knowledge/ experience in human interest, political, Health, women and children stories. Hannah has worked with the Daily Observers Newspaper and the Liberian media for the past years and has broken many stories. Contact reporter; [email protected] WhatsApp;0770214920

3 COMMENTS

  1. Why should the employees continue to work and not get their just compensation, when the country’s coffers are being plundered by a criminal few?

  2. Certainly this event reveals Weah’s glaring deception, and it underscores the need for Liberians to keep mobilizing, organizing, protesting, and demonstrating within the framework of their constitutional rights to demand for their rights because this government will not live-up to its promises to them.

    Where did the government find the money all of a sudden to undertake the projects for the rape victims? Everything can be done to benefit the Weah’s Projects, a phrase that he coined at the beginning of the pandemic, even if the government says the money is not available.

    However, when the crisis becomes national ones, the GOL tells the people that absolutely no money is available for such crisis.

    For example: Just last week, the president’s finance minister Tweah was recorded traveling around Monrovia with large stache of American dollars sharing the money to members of the opposition camp to recruit many of them for his CDC campaign causes.

    Now, where did all this money come from, when the public has been crying about the need for the president to intervene and inject some funding into programs geared towards improving the lives of everyday people who cannot afford a daily meal, families whose bread winners must eke the earth earn just toearn below a dollar a day, and people whose lives are plagued by curable diseases but cannot afford to recover because they are poor.

    Since the inception of Weah’s government, scores of luxurious palaces belonging to him have been going up. And as these mansions go up, the living standards of the poor have been continually deteriorating. This is one of the glaring contradictions about this administration.

    From all indications, the president has declared a socio-economic war against the Liberian people, and unless Liberians keep-up with the momentum and pressure against his retrogressive policies, nothing will change.

  3. Leadership at work as rape victims need a specific environment per healing and rehabilitation. Mental health issues are central to these processes. Thank you for the steps taken and the leadership shown.

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