The Ministry of Justice has ended one-day training on Gender Based Violence (GBV) with several institutions in Margibi County aimed at creating awareness about laws governing GBV and Sexual Gender Based Violence in Liberia.
Focus areas include rape, GBV and traditional marriage and inheritance.
The training was held recently at the Youth Center of the Liberian Youth Network (LIYONET) in Kakata, Margibi County.
It was facilitated by Sonnie K. Kamara, Ministry of Justice GBV Coordinator; Margibi Acting County Attorney, Isaac Liverpool George; and the Head of the Women and Children Protection Section in Kakata.
The participating groups included the Women and Children Protection Section (WACPS) at the ministry of Justice, Civil Society Organizations, and rural women, media, traditional leaders along with marketers, teachers and community residents, among others.
Speaking to reporters recently after the training, GBV Coordinator Kamara said, the exercise was prompted by the fact that the issue of GBV is getting on the rampage in Liberia and it is an eminent issue in the country, adding that many of the perpetrators ignorantly carry out the acts.
She said 25 participants had been expected, but 30 showed up.
According to her, the training was also meant to insure that violators are informed that their actions will not go with impunity.
She averred that four counties have been selected in the main time for the training, including Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi Counties, respectively.
The next round of training is targeting Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties after Margibi.
Madam Kamara added that the training was sponsored by the United Nations International Children Educational Fund or UNICEF.
She expressed hope the participants would teach others on the knowledge acquired from the training.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi