Ending Rape in Liberia Through Music

by PCI-Media Impact
Apr 24, 2013

Your Support and the Young Women of Liberia

“I took this picture to show that if you are raped by a man you should be able to go to the police station, but many girls don’t because they are afraid that the man will do even worse things.”

 Quotes like this one, from Gertrude, accompany powerful photographs taken by the 25 girls at the THINK home and are a vivid depiction of the reality of rampant sexual violence in post-civil war Liberia. Thanks to your contribution, each girl living at the THINK home in Monrovia engaged in the life-changing process of telling her personal photostory in response to the question, “What does it mean to be a woman in Liberia in the past, present, or future?” and we are proud to share each and every story on this beautiful Backspaces site: http://backspac.es/tag/photovoiceliberia

We are also excited to report that the girls have been actively engaging in student-led “homework” assignments over the past two months.  They are working in small groups to continue practicing their technical photography skills, as well as taking pictures that give voice to their struggles, which include stories of abuse by men and family members, abandonment, and teenage pregnancy.  One student took a picture of her history notebook and said:

“I took this photo to remember the past. In the past, my father refused to allow me to go to school at all. He left my mother and I lived with my aunt who also had no money to send me to school. This is part of my history. And now I’m in school, finally learning the history of my country.”

PCI-Media Impact is grateful for your support in helping to complete this successful first stage of the Photovoice project, which empowers girl victims of sexual violence to tell their stories and inspire change.  And it doesn’t stop there!  We are thrilled to announce that we will return for the second phase of the project in May.  In the second phase we will deepen the girls’ expertise with photography for storytelling, continue to create space for healing dialogue around the issue of rape, and train teachers and counselors to facilitate photography projects in the future.  

We will also hold an event with Takun J, a famous Liberian rapper to showcase two anti-rape songs co-produced by PCI-Media Impact as well as to draw widespread attention to the candid photo stories.  Your contribution has made possible the documentation and the resulting awareness of the widespread issue of sexual violence in Liberia.  Your involvement in this project has already changed the lives of 25 girls, and will have ripple effects well into the future.

Thank you for your support.  Please consider further contributing to the next phase of the project in May!



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

PCI-Media Impact

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mediaimpact.org
Project Leader:
Sean Southey
Executive Director
New York, New York United States

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by PCI-Media Impact that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.