The head of Development Education Network Liberia or DEN-L says, reducing violence against women and girls is significant to preserving the Liberian society.Mr. Peter S. Dolo notes that reducing violence against women and girls in Liberia will actually help them move about freely in the society, adding that such effort will also help improve Liberian men.
Mr. Dolo, speaking recently at a three-day training workshop added that this will also make civil society understand the adverse effects of violence against women and girls in the country.
The DEN-L boss explains the training will help participants to get the actual understanding of role of CSOs in curbing violence against women and girls.Mr. Dolo indicates the 80 percent of participants came from civil society organizations under an exercise sponsored by the European Union and the United Nations.He details the exercise is being implemented in five counties, including Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado, respectively.
According to him, from recent assessment there is high prevalence of violence against women and girls, especially in the targeted counties, noting that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection just released a report of more than1, 100 cases.
However, he says all over the counties there are public outcry of increase in sexual and gender base violence, something that needs to be seriously addressed, and adds the training is also meant for project proposal to make the participants understand their scope of operations
For his part, the National Chair for Liberians NGO, Stephen B. Norman says eradicating and understanding about sexual base violence in Liberia will help to improve the society, and the initiative will continue in the five counties for about five years.