An advocacy group, Two women for Peace and Development (TWPD), has ended a day training on Sexual gender base violence and reproductive health with 25 participants in Tienii town, Tewor district, Grand cape mount county.
Speaking to participants, the Executive Director of TWDP, Mamu Passawe said, the training was in line with the Spotlight Initiative to help in the eradication of all forms of violence against women and girls.
She said,Gender-based violence which has been a serious threat to the survivability of women and girls in both rural and urban Liberia, must to be eradicated with join effort from communities, religious organizations, court actors and among others.
According to her, SGBV is sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private.
This she asserted, can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’.
The Director said, consequences of gender-based violence are devastating and can have life-long repercussions for survivors and It can even lead to death.
” We need to be more resilient in fighting and eradicating the too many abusive actions against our sisters and children in Liberia, because they have significant part to play in our society, she asserted.”
For his part, Mr. Alex Balo, County Coordinator of Civil Society Council of Liberia, Cape mount Chapter, said, SGBV disproportionately affects women and girls, and in situations of displacement, their risk of exposure to SGBV increases.
“We are committed to continuously strengthening coordination and programming to protect women and girls, likewise you also need to serve as an ambassador to propagate messages against SGBV, he lamented.”
Lamenting on reproductive health, Balo said,
Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.
According to him, reproductive health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.
He at the same time, encouraged participants to stand against every form of violence against women and children.
TWPD is a women’s organization working to advocate human rights, particularly women rights since 2005.
The training brought together personalities from the Ministry of Justice(MOJ), Judiciary, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), traditional leaders, students, youth and women leaders, physically challenged persons among others.