Tear Fund Launches Reports on Ebola, SGBV

The British Charity Tear Fund has launched a qualitative report on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the Ebola Virus recovery programs.

The report on SGBV reveals that there is still a degree of impunity  for men who perpetrate violence and abuse. The report further discloses that survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence are still stigmatized in society.

According to the charity report on SGBV, patriarchal norms informed by religion and culture still dominate people’s world views and inform opinions and perspectives on gender relations and SGBV. (Patriarchal norms are accepted with scant consideration of the possibility of any change to the status,” the report indicates.

It stresses the need for faith communities to play a key role in the response to SGBV but their capacity for the task is inadequate.

The report also reveals that incapacity includes the lack of both adequate and up to date theological and theoretical knowledge beyond their church practices and doctrines, and the requisite knowledge of practices and strategies in the gender equality/women‘s rights sector.

The charity asserts that poverty overshadows almost everything else in communities and relegates gender issues to secondary concerns among others.

The charity has   meanwhile forwarded several recommendations aimed at addressing the issues of Sexual Gender Based Violence in Liberia. Amongst them is shifting the dominant negative gender norms that still view men as leaders with women as sub servants, and promoting gender equality gender equality, requires an intervention that focuses on women.

Sexual Gender Based Violence of women and children is primarily a result of the unequal power relationship between men and women.

The charity envisages the intervention for transforming masculinity must be accountable to women’s rights struggle, and promote empowerment programs.

Launching the report, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell called on partners to coordinate efforts to ensure the fight against Sexual Gender BV is successful.

She said the case of SGBV in Liberia is seriously alarming and there is a need for stakeholders to be proactive in solving the issues of SGBV in Liberia.

Minister Cassell used the occasion to appeal to the Legislature to pass the Domestic Violence Act.

According to her, when the act is passed it would put in place proper measures in the fight against SGBV.

The Gender Minister commended Tear Fund and other partners for the launch of the report describing it as a tool that will give a clear picture of SGBV situation in Liberia.

In a related development, the charity has released a report on Ebola with the aim of establishing the Ebola recovery policies in Liberia.

The Ebola   research report is also intended to evaluate   support received in practical tense by survivors and other affected persons, and record  lessons learned  for recovery periods in future health emergencies.

Speaking at the launch, Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh said the foundation of a good health service delivery is the community.

Dr. Kateh noted that the community has a pivotal role ensuring that they appreciate services rendered them by health workers.

He said if the community appreciates the kind of services , then the issue of resilience in the health will be of paramount concern to the community.

The Deputy Health Minister stressed the need for awareness to be carried out robustly with the aim of educating community members about health services.

Part of the finding released by the charity on Ebola is the producing recovery policies in a timely way , inform  communities of their rights.

The charity also stressed the need for the dissemination of information as possible amongst other key recommendations.

The launch brought together several international partners, local groups amongst others.


(Edited By Fredrick P. W. Gaye)