May 4, 2017 By Victoria Saffa
In a bid to sensitize women on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Teenage Pregnancy in the country, Community Participation Development Organisation (CPDO), with support from Sierra Leone Adult Education and Bread for the World, has trained forty-five women in the Rokel Community on GBV teenage pregnancy.
The training was organized at the Rokel Community, Western Area rural and it attracted few community stakeholders and the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP),Stephen Tucker attached at the Rokel Police station, among others.
Speaking during the training, National Coordinator for CPDO, Rita Saffa, said Gender Based violence and teenage pregnancy have been major problems in the community, and that as a mother in the community, she taught it fit to help in the fight against the two menaces.
She continued that after training those forty- five participants, they would able to pass on the message to others and also be able to identify affected victims in the community.
Madam Saffa said after the training, they would also bring participants together and support them financially, as well as provide counselling and other support for victims.
“I have been dealing with women in my vocational school and I know what some of them have been going through, so I decided to organize sensitization training for women in the community”, she stated.
One of the facilitators, Rosaline Macarthy from Africa Initiative for Universal Development Organization -Sierra Leone, taught participants about the effect of gender based violence and teenage pregnancy.
She said women should start seeing themselves as role models in the country and called on them to start working side by side with their male counterparts instead of sitting at home doing domestic work.
Officer in Charge at the Rokel Police Station, ASP Stephen Tucker, called on participants to report cases of sexual based violence and teenage pregnancy, urging them to stop compromising those cases.
He explained that the Family Support Unit (FSU) was established in 2001 after the war and it was set up to address cases of gender based violence, teenage pregnancy, among others.
“We have been getting cases of gender based violence and teenage pregnancy, but most of these cases have been compromised through community stakeholders,” he said.