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ActionAid Liberia Launches Rights Project In Four Counties
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 9 (LINA) - ActionAid Liberia has launched a US$3 million project in Gbarnga, Bong County to be implemented in four counties in Liberia.
The project, “Enhancing the Protection of the Rights of Women, Girls and Other Discriminated Groups in Liberia”, is being supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Liberia.
Delivering an overview of the project at the official launch in Gbarnga recently, the head of Program and Policy at ActionAid Liberia, Lakshmi Subramani, said the project seeks to ensure improved access to sexual and reproductive health rights of women, girls, and other discriminated groups.
Subramani said the project started in 2014 but came to a halt because of the outbreak of Ebola.
She named the four beneficiaries as Bong, Grand Gedeh, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties.
According to Subramani, the project will also seek to build the capacity of civil society organizations and advocacy groups to ensure they protect young people and other disadvantaged groups from violations such as domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Also speaking at the launch, National AIDS Commission Commissioner and chief launcher of the project, Juanita Ramires, said if Liberia is to make progress in the fight against gender-based violence, all citizens, irrespective of status, need to join hands in battling the crime.
Ramires observed that if Liberia is to make a difference in its fight against sexual and gender-based violence, it is important for both males and females to work together.