In an initiative aimed at curbing violence against women and girls in Sierra Leone, the Movement for Assistance and Promotion of Rural Communities (MAPCO) has inaugurated the Chiefdom Gender Committee in Kpaka chiefdom, Pujehun district. The event, held at Massam Town Court Barry, marked a significant step forward in the fight against gender-based violence.

Funded by the European Union, MAPCO successfully organized a day-long engagement on October 25, 2023, emphasizing the crucial role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in fostering good governance and development in Sierra Leone. The event also highlighted the inauguration of the Chiefdom Gender Committee, consisting of 15 dedicated members, with the core objective of safeguarding women and girls from violations and abuse within the Pujehun district.

Hon. Abdul Karim Kamara, Program Manager of MAPCO, underscored the European Union’s commitment to promoting gender equality, human rights, and social justice in Sierra Leone. He emphasized that the establishment of the Chiefdom Gender Committee was a tangible step toward creating a secure environment where women and girls can thrive without fear of violence and discrimination.

Under the theme “Protection of Women and Girls against Violation and Abuse in Pujehun District”, the committee’s formation signifies a collective determination to ensure the safety, well-being, and empowerment of women and girls in local communities. Kamara expressed optimism that through the committee’s dedicated efforts, supported by the wider community, Sierra Leone would experience a positive transformation, leading to a safer and more prosperous future for all.

During the inauguration ceremony, Albert N J Koroma, a representative from Mongray Village in Kpaka chiefdom, Pujehun district, conveyed the committee’s readiness to fulfill its responsibilities and obligations within their communities. He passionately urged community members to reject violence against women and girls, rallying active support for the committee’s initiatives.

The inauguration of the Chiefdom Gender Committee stands as a testament to the collective resolve of MAPCO, the European Union, and their partners, including Action to Poverty (ATP), in addressing the pressing issue of violence against women and girls. With this proactive approach, Sierra Leone is poised for positive change, fostering a society where the rights and voices of all individuals, especially women and girls, are valued, respected, and protected.