Rescue Women Launches Legal Aid Project

A local NGO Rescue Women Liberia, is seeking legislative amendment and repeal of some existing laws on the rights of women and girls.

The Rescue Women Liberia has launched a legal aid and psychosocial project aimed at stopping violence against women and children.

The project, launched recently in Kakata, Margibi County at the Liberian Youth Network Center, focused on increasing access to justice for women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

The project, according to Melvin Manston, seeks to help women and girls across the country to step out of poverty and injustice to inherit power. Manston proxy on behalf of the Rescue Women Executive Director, Loretta George.

Manston added that the project seeks to provide legal services, psychological support for survivors of sexual gender-based violence and to address prolonged and arbitrary detention, as well as harmful traditional practices and provide human rights awareness.

He further stated that the organization seeks to implement the project in Margibi County through public awareness on GBV and legal services, capacity building and training for stakeholders and justice actors, and legal aid support to GBV survivors.

He said as they embark on the project, he anticipates that key stakeholders and justice actors in Margibi County would come together under one umbrella “to set the plight of Margibi County on a good footing by bringing perpetrators to book.”

Rescue women Liberia is a non-governmental organization founded by former staffers of different international NGOs to seek the welfare of women, children, and the most vulnerable.

Launching the program, the County Inspector of Margibi County, Moses Gbankpala, praised the organization for its farsightedness to extend the program to his County. He said if justice is not dispensed properly, it gives a psychological impact on the affected person. 

In Separate remarks, the Mayor of Kakata city, Emmanuel Goll, called for a strong effort to abolish the maltreatment meted against women and children by wicked men in the society.

The mayor then gave his unflinching support to the organization project in Margibi County and its environs. Meanwhile, students of the county, represented by Calvin Kennedy of Lango Lippaye High School, pledged his support to expose those who are bent on harassing women and children in the county.

He reminded the various stakeholders at the project launch to always assist with the activities of the organization in the discharge of the duties.