Strengthening and extending local solidarity and protection networks to reduce violence against women and girls
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of violence against women and girls, to their wellbeing and empowerment, particularly survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), and to more gender balanced and less violent interaction in communities.
medica Liberia (mL) uses a holistic approach by establishing and strengthening local protection networks, providing medical, legal and psychosocial quality counseling and treatment for survivors of violence, and improving public services through training and awareness raising on SGBV in 12 communities in Sinoe County, South East Liberia. An economic empowerment component for survivors and women voluntarily dedicating their time to the network is included to achieve sustainability.
An evaluation was carried out between February and March 2019. It was conducted in line with OECD/ DAC evaluation criteria and standards. Findings reflect that the community protection networks have been effective in addressing SGBV in the communities. Women perceive life as more peaceful than before the project, and violence has reduced in homes. However, while women have been strengthened economically, components for economic empowerment still pose challenges and need further support.