The Program Officer of Helping Our People Excel (HOPE) Inc, is calling for robust programs and support to empower women in Liberia mainly in the rural areas.
Mr. Joseph Darwolo said, when women are empower it will make them self-reliance and productive in society and help to curtail the big gender gap between their male counterparts.
Speaking at a day long women summit in Coleman Hill, Bomi County, under the theme: ‘Building partnership to end sexual gender base violence (SGBV)’, the HOPE official assured participants of his organization’s commitment to making them self-reliance in the Liberian society .
He said HOPE Inc, “POWER Project” will continue to promote women empowerment and their rights in the Liberian society; as he outlined that currently they are implementing projects in Bomi and Bong counties.
According to him, the project is sponsored by Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund through the Ministry of Gender and HOPE Inc as an implementing partner has empowered 10(ten) communities in both Bomi and Bong counties.
“We have created and empowered a committee of 5 members on SGBV in each community working in to eradicate the too many SGBV cases, he asserted.”
The Program Manager also discloses that there are major activities carried out by HOPE, including community ownership, capacity building, strengthening coordination, policy engagement opportunity and among others.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of HOPE Inc, Madam Aisha Cooper Bruce said, Liberia has one of the best laws, but inadequate implement has created barriers to the social and economic advancement for women and girls.
” We have good laws, and as such our job is to understand what those laws and policies say, and see how we can provide more support to our children and women, she lamented.”
According to her, laws and policies can support the work of women to end SGBV in Liberia; moreover, it has a legal obligation, financial priorities and commitment and social structures and system.
Meanwhile, speaking on behave of the Ministry of Gender, Madam Rose N. Goll cautions women to report all SGBV cases to enable the ministry work tirelessly in making sure that the perpetrator is brought to justice.
She said, some women at time compromise SGBV cases base on family line. This she lamented, that SGBV is not a family solving problem but rather the Ministry of Gender and the Justice Ministry.
She frowns on those who are in the constant habit of protecting perpetrators who are the major threat to the fabric of the society. Madam Rose N. Goll at the same time, assured them of coordinating with the Police in helping to eradicate the too many SGBV cases.
The occasion brought together Civil society organizations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Justice, Chiefs, women groups, Superintendent and among others.