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Govt. Launches SGBV Pilot Project in Zwedru
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Correspondent in Grand Gedeh County
ZWEDRU, July 27 (LINA) - The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has launched a pilot project to reduce Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) practice in the country.
Coordinator for the SGBV section, Dededeh Kwekwe said the pilot project is intended to create awareness among community leaders, including elders, chiefs, women and youth groups, on the impact of rape, its causes and how to prevent it.
She told the Liberia News Agency that court trials are failing and seem not to be the solution in reducing rape, because prosecutors are finding it hard to adduce sufficient evidence to convict perpetrators while victims and family members shy away when it comes to court trials.
Madame Kwekwe said the project will be launched throughput the country with her team heading to Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee counties later.
Forty participants drawn from Jauzon, Tuzon, Tuglor and Boundary town came from Cavalla and Konobo administrative districts, according to Mrs. Betty Breeze Doh, executive director of Women, Children Development Secretariat (WOCDES), which serves as the implementing partner of the project for UNFPA and the Gender Ministry in Grand Gedeh County.