The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a new project in Montserrado County to protect survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence.
A press release issued recently by FIND Executive Director, Mr. Aaron G.V. Juakollie, said the purpose of the project is to strengthen its One -Stop Center in a bid to provide comprehensive integrated services to survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Montserrado county.
Titled “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 include providing legal services to survivors at the One-Stop Center, providing reintegration support to survivors who are reintegrated into the community and reviewing existing protocol and policy on safe homes and One-Stop Centers for SGBV survivors.
To have these activities carried out, FIND staff 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”, says the release.
FIND will also work with partners like the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP), Ministry of Health (MOH), 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 to revise protocols and policy for the establishment and management of the Safe Home and One -Stop Center.
The project communities in Montserrado County include Bensonvillie, Todee, Careysburg, Brewerville, Arthington , Clay-Ashland and Louisiana, targeting at least 300 people in the course of ten months.
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 national institutions intervened by providing legal Aid to survivors of SGBV as well as Safe Home management in Bong and Lofa Counties. Besides, FIND, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender for Children and Social Protection, established Rape Observatory committees in Lofa, Cape Mount, Bomi counties, the release noted.Press Release