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-Wants Safe Homes For SGBV Victims

A non-governmental organization, Medica Liberia has reinforced its strength in advocating for safe homes for sexual gender base violence (SGBV) victims in Liberia, the safe homes will help to take care of victims and provide them safe homes.

Medica Liberia, one of the many organizations advocating for the rights of Liberian women and girls wants the government of Liberia to include in its national budget the improvement of safe homes for SGBV victims.

Speaking at a one day Medica Liberia and Partners roundtable discussion on SGBV safe homes in Liberia held at a local hotel in Monrovia, the group country director Caroline Bowah Brown noted that the lack of safe homes for SGBV victims is one of the major challenges the organization is encountering.

She said it is important to strengthen services around the provision of safe homes for SGBV victims, something she believes will help victims overcome what have happened to them.

“Because once we have one safe home, then those women who are in need will be able to go for rescue; and will not return to the cycle of violence that they are experiencing day by day. We hope that the government is listening and can start to do something about it,” Brown averred.

She pointed out that with a safe home, women who have suffered abuses would be well taken care of as they would have a place to lay their heads and be given food and other basic needs.

According to her, women have equal rights as men, and as such; they should be protected under the laws of Liberia, adding that women rights are being violated on a daily basis.

The Medica Liberia boss also used the occasion to urge men who are violating the rights of women to put an end to such humiliating act and take women as their mothers, sisters and daughters.

Brown noted that rape under the law of Liberia is a huge crime, and those found committing such crime must be sent to jail, and victims are sent to the safe homes to be taking care off.

Medica Liberia, formerly known as Medica Mondiale Liberia is a local non-governmental feminist or women’s rights organization supporting women and girls in war and conflict regions.

The organization provides psychosocial support, medical & legal assistance for women and girls affected by sexual and gender based violence in 11 0f the 16 counties in Liberia.

For their part, partners of Medica Liberia thanked the group for its advocacy in the provision of safe homes for SGBV victims in Liberia. They however promise their full support to Medica Liberia in order to advocate for the provision of safe homes for SGBV victims in Liberia. They also want the international community to help Medica Liberia in its quest to help victims of SGBV in Liberia. They said with the help of the international community, SGBV victims will able to have live again.

They however called on community members to see SGBV victims as people of importance and help look after them as their own. The roundtable discussion was held under the theme: “strengthening advocacy around the situation of SGBV safe homes in Liberia: through holistic SGBV response mechanism”.

The roundtable discussion was attended by SGBV County coordinators from the 15 counties in Liberia, the Child protection office of UNICF, Women Aid OSIWA Village, Action Aid Liberia and the Victim Support Advocate at the Ministry of Justice.

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