IREDD Conducts Covid-19 and SGBV Awareness in Grand Cape Mount County

Monrovia - September 21, 2020

The Institute for Research and Democratic Development, IREDD, with funding from Spotlight Initiative through the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, embarked on series of awareness and monitoring on Covid-19 and Sexual gender based violence (SGBV) in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County. IREDD monitoring and awareness targeted 20 communities within Tewor, Garwular and Gola-Koneh districts.

IREDD played jingles of Covid-19 prevention and SGBV awareness messages using a loud speaker mounted on top of a pickup whilst driving through 20 communities (Tewor (7), Garwular (7) & Gola-Konneh (6)). The awareness also covered engagements with thousands of community residents including community leaders, women, youth, children and marginalized persons within the 20 communities. IREDD distributed branded hand washing buckets, nose masks, detergents and bleach while carrying out the awareness
In addition to the awareness campaign, IREDD monitored cases of SGBV in the 3 targeted districts. Cases of SGBV monitored by IREDD in Cape mount included: Physical violence, sexual violence and persistent non-support for children whose parents have abandoned them. 45 cases of SGBV were reported from March to September 2020. Of those cases, less than 15% were reported to the Liberia National Police. The rest of the cases were settled the “family way” by community residents.

As a result of IREDD’s awareness and monitoring, community dwellers reported they are more comfortable wearing their nose masks, washing their hands regularly and following other health protocols in the fight against covid-19. IREDD encouraged community dwellers to report cases of SGBV to relevant authorities so that necessary steps can be taken against perpetrators.