The Third Phase of the Joint Programme on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) between the Government of Liberia and the UN grew from the preceding phase that lasted between 2018-2020. Through the Joint Programme on SGBV, 12 One Stop Centres have been established in 7 Counties (2,222 survivors of SGBV accessed services in 2018) and they are intended to provide the needed support services to SGBV survivors under one roof.
Under the Government of Liberia/UN SGBV Joint Program, UN Women is supporting the Government of Liberia and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the provision of capacity building training for traditional leaders, religious leaders, and community leaders and members in 4 counties (Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, where female genital mutilation (FGM) is heavily practiced. These trainings have been an entry point for engagement at community level with traditional leaders to raise awareness on the negative effect of the practice of FGM and its impact on the health and wellbeing of women and girls in communities. UN Women is also working closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Traditional Council of Liberia and have supported the hosting of 3 consultative meetings with Paramount Chiefs, female zoes and traditional leaders in all 11 practicing FGM counties out of which a 20-point resolution was developed which will lead to the eradication of the practice of FGM. Leaders of the National Traditional Council of Liberia have also participated in 3 regional conferences on FGM and Child Marriages and have resolved to ending the practice here in Liberia.
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