Dear Minister Tarr,
Liberian Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Awareness Movement, (LibSGBV), reaffirms its commitment to human dignity and the eradication of all acts of violence against Liberian citizens. Towards this objective, Liberian Sexual and Gender Based Movement has continued to work with victims, stakeholders and other groups towards the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia.
Further, LibSGBV continues to work and support safe houses in the country. Safe houses are more than just a place to shelter from violence. Safehouses provide an array of educational, supportive and therapeutic services for victims of violence and abuse. However, many of the safe houses in Liberia are failing victims of abuse in various ways: inadequate educational environment, fostering dependency by encouraging residents to seek support elsewhere (often with those who repeat the cycle of violence), and withholding needed services.
We therefore call on the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and all other governmental units tasked with the responsibility of ensuring safety and security for women, children, and vulnerable groups to commit to this basic responsibility of protecting our women, children and other targeted groups from harm.
The Safe Home Policy needs to be reviewed in terms of:
- Program monitoring, supervision and evaluation
- skills training for empowerment and independence
- formal approval for establishing Safe Homes should be based on proven ability to support residents and not as a means of receiving support from government or other agencies • relevant CSO’s should be encouraged to monitor homes to ensure compliance
This serves as a document of concern to the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection. Our membership continues to work to ensure the elimination of sgbv in Liberia.
Chief Executive Officer,
Main Photo: Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, Liberia Gender Minister