This project is to provide a safe house for 40 girls and women who are experiencing sexual and gender-based violence in the city of Bo Sierra Leone. The safe house will provide an environment free from violent so that the girls and women can have rehabilitation support which will include empowering them to rebuild their shattered lives.
Research shows that in Sierra Leone, women and girls suffer disproportionately from SGBV because of societal values and a general acceptance that violence against women and girls is normal. It is widely estimated that during Sierra Leone's civil war, up to 250,000 women and girls were victims of SGBV. Rape was used systematically by all factions. Although peace was declared in 2002, the trauma of war has left scars which run through the fabric of households, families and communities.
This project is about safeguarding the human rights of girls and women who are victims of gender and sexual-based violence in Bo city Sierra Leone. Working with partners,SLDI will provide rehabilitation support to rebuild their shattered lives by providing a safe environment where they will live and go through counseling, education programme, skills training, legal support and have access to healthcare including sexual and reproductive health and HIV services.
Project aims to reduce the number of cases of all forms of violence against girls and women in Bo city by 30%. It will Increase the understanding of human rights and legal rights of girls and women in Bo and how to take action against perpetrators on all forms of violence against them.Socio-cultural norm change of all forms of violence against girls and women within the community in Bo. Increased awareness of SGBV as human rights and health issues and they will rebuild their shattered lives