By Kruah Thompson
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare said it has begun mass community outreach on a sexual and gender-based violence (SGVB) toll-free number in several communities in Montserrado County.
In the coming days, the number 116 will be used as an alternative channel through which the public can report cases of sexual and gender-based violence, child abuse/labor, trafficking and child neglect.
This also includes cases of missing child(ren), exploitation in schools and workplaces, and maternal emergencies.
“This exercise is intended to raise public awareness of the importance of using the number 116 when needed,” says Maminah Carr-Gaye, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection.
Earlier, she said the outreach that has been launched recently to help educate the public on how to use these sexual and gender-based violence toll-free numbers is two-fold: a broad approach and a narrow approach.
The Narrow Approach is a 30-day outreach intended only for Montserrado and surrounding areas, while the Broad Approach is intended for the rest of the 14 counties.
The Deputy Minister went on to say that the current exercise team is “using a call center approach to combat violence perpetrated against women and in Liberia.”
The ministry has already carried out sensitization actions in Duala, Redlight, Sinkor and other areas of Monrovia. Editing by Jonathan Browne