Plan International, an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls has condemned recent report of girls exploitation and abuses at the More Than Me Academy in Monrovia.
More Than Me (MTM), also an international non-governmental organization (NGO), uses education as a catalyst to transform social change for every girl in Liberia, but has been embroiled with reports of rape allegedly involving an HIV positive male employee.
In view of the latest development at the school, Plan-Liberia said it believes in the power and potential of every child, but knows this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination with girls being the most affected ones.
“As a global organization supporting children’s rights from birth to adulthood, we have zero tolerance towards any form of abuse or exploitation of girls,” Plan said in a statement yesterday, October 22, 2018, adding, “we have been deeply saddened and appalled by the recent revelations highlighted in the media pertaining to sexual abuse and violations of girl’s by an international NGO, based in Monrovia, Liberia.”
“We condemn, in the strongest terms such abuses, exploitation and inhumane acts against girls and fully support the investigation which will take place to hold duty bearers to account for their failings. The priority must remain on ensuring these girls receive all necessary support, and all measures are taken to ensure such incidents never occur again,” the Plan statement said.
Plan International-Liberia says it has been at the forefront of advocating for girls’ rights, and will continue to do that so that millions of girls in Liberia can grow up free from all forms of violence and exploitation.
As a child and girl’s rights organization, “Our code of conduct clearly stipulates that all staff treat people with dignity and respect.”
“We are also committed to preventing all abuses of power and ensuring full support and safeguarding for those who do speak out in the event of any occurrence of a breach of our code of conduct and safeguarding policies, the statement, signed by Theo Barbi Roberts, media and communication coordinator said.