The Liberia National Red Cross Society or LNRCS has ended a three-day camp conference and media campaign on human rights and gender equality in rural Liberia. The conference brought together 100 volunteers from Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties respectively.
Addressing the closing ceremony in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, the Focus Person for the LNRCS Ambullai Perry said the exercise is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Danish Red Cross.
Mr. Perry said implementation is done in close collaboration with key ministries and agencies of government, including the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and Justice [Liberia National Police and Independent National Commission on Human Rights], among others.
He told reporters the objective is to promote human rights in rural communities by strengthening gender equality and reducing discrimination, gender-based violence, and vulnerability.
The Focus Person said the Red Cross will create the platform as an opportunity for community dwellers and students to share their experiences, knowledge and lessons with government and other stakeholders.
He said such engagements help to promote human rights and reduced discrimination and gender-based violence in communities and schools. Mr. Perry urged young people to denounce violence and join the Red Cross to promote peace in the Country, which is one of the prime functions of the institution.
For his part, the European Union Program Manager for Governance, Mr. Eric Kristensen pledged EU’s support to activities of the LNRCS. He disclosed that about 200 European countries come together to raise fund to support the project.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne