Liberia: FIND Intensifies Support to SGBV Victims in Montserrado
GBARNGA – The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), with support from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a new project in Montserrado County.
According to a press release issued by FIND under the signature of its Executive Director, Mr. Aaron G.V. Juakollie, the purpose of the project is to strengthen the One -Stop Center in a bid to provide comprehensive integrated services to Sexual Gender Based Violence(SGBV) Survivors in Montserrado County.
Under the title: “STRENGTHENING THE RULE OF LAW IN LIBERIA: JUSTICE SECURITY FOR THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE”, the project is in the tone of US$ 39,433.00(Thirty Nine Thousand Four Thirty Three Dollars).
Major activities of the project include providing legal services to survivors at the one-Stop Center in Montserrado County , providing reintegration support to survivors who are reintegrated into the community and reviewing existing protocol and policy on safe homes and One Stop Center for SGBV survivors
However, to have these activities carried out, FIND Staffs will work with “our pro bono lawyer for legal representation for SGBV survivors and the psychosocial counseling for counseling and reintegration of Survivors in communities”.
FIND will also work with the main partners in this drive like the Ministry of Gender Children social Protection (MGCSP), Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ),(Sex Crime Unit), Woman and Children Protection Section(WACPS) of the Liberia National Police(LNP) as well as women groups network and UN Women for the revision of protocols and policy for the establishment and management of Safe Home and One -Stop Center.
The direct project communities in Montserrado County include Bensonvillie, Todee, Carysburg, Brewerville, Arthington , Clay-Ashiand and Lousisana. And the project intends to directly benefit at least 300 people (Three Hundred) in the course of ten (10) months.
Meanwhile, FIND thanked the donor for the support and assured them and the Liberia people that it will reach its deliverables.
FIND has extensive work experience over the years in advocacy, awareness in human rights promotion, especially women Rights. Between 2007 and 2019 FIND and its international partners, including the American Refugee Committee (ARC), UNDP, UN Women and several other national institutions intervened by providing legal Aid support to Survivors of SGBV as well Safe Home management in Bong and Lofa Counties. Additional, FIND, with Ministry of Gender for Children and Social Protection, established Rape Observatory committees in Lofa, Cape Mount, Bomi Counties. Essentially, this project, when completed, will help reduce SGBV in the country