Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 June 2009

Liberia / Agreement Paves the Way for the Reintegration of Conflict Affected Women and Girls

 

 


 

 

Liberia / Agreement Paves the Way for the Reintegration of Conflict Affected Women and Girls

 

MONROVIA, Liberia, June 19, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Press Briefing Notes

IOM has signed a comprehensive agreement with the German government to provide sustainable socio-economic reintegration assistance to conflict-affected women and girls who live in the northern Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  
 
The nine-month programme will promote sustainable livelihood opportunities for female victims of the conflict who continue to bear the mental and physical scars of war and who often struggle to make a living in the districts of Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya.  

Working with the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Resettlement (NCDDRR), the Liberian Government, UN and non-governmental partners, IOM will provide beneficiaries with on-the-job vocational training, small business start-up grants, reinsertion kits and livelihood tools such as hand tractors, sewing machines, and starter kits for bakery or trading supplies for kiosks.     

Priority will be given beneficiaries who choose to work together on common income-generating projects, particularly in the agriculture sector.

“Providing sustainable reintegration assistance to vulnerable women and girls who have not received the full attention and assistance they deserve is essential to anchor peace and promote development in Liberia,” says Ferdinand Paredes, IOM’s Head of Office in Monrovia.   

The 14-year of conflict has taken a heavy toll on Liberian women, many of whom continue to suffer from long-term physical and mental ailments. A recent survey of conflict-affected women and girls showed that 63% of them suffered from rape and other forms of physical and mental abuse.

 


SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


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