Medica Liberia calls for collaboration to end SGBV, GBV
A local nongovernment organization, Medica Liberia, wants the media and religious community to join the fight to end gender based violence (GBV) in the education and other sectors of the country.
Violence against females must be battled by the government and its numerous international partners by helping to address what it calls ‘devilish acts’ being carried out against women and girls, Medica Liberia said.
The NGO recently launched its ’16 Days of Activism’ program under the theme: “Let’s embrace our diversities for safe education and a violence free society.”
Medica Liberia is a feminist rights organization supporting women and girls in war and conflict regions. The group provides psychosocial support, medical and legal assistance to women and girls.
The organization wants everyone in Liberia to help in the fight against sexual gender based violence (SGBV) and GBV in the society, especially in schools, to make the society a better, safer place for women and girls to live.
The organization believes the media and the religious communities play key roles in helping to end inhumane acts against women and girls in Liberia.
The launch brought together over 200 community actors, health workers and students working with Medica Liberia to help bring an end to SGBV and GBV in the country.
Bennedette Ketter, a core committee member who served as keynote speaker, called on men who are in the habit of assaulting women to desist from such acts.
Madam Ketter said gender based violence against women and girls in any society not only deprives them of their rights, it also often results in them losing their lives.
Ketter reminded everyone that the ’16 Days of Activism’ is celebrated across the world, “and it is everyone’s business to fight and end SGBV and GBV in Liberia for the betterment of all.”
The 16 Days of Activism is aimed at raising awareness to end violence against women and girls in Liberia and the rest of the world.
Gender based violence remains a major threat to the security of women and girls throughout the country, despite their involvement in many development milestones in various sectors in the country.