From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone. LAWCLA launches gender based violence campaign
By Dauda Koroma
May 27, 2010, 17:04

In collaboration with the 50/50 Group, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA) on Wednesday 26th May launched a campaign against sexual and gender based violence at Santano House, Howe Street in Freetown.

Director for LAWCLA Francess Issa told participants that Sexual and Gender Based Violence has become rampant in Sierra Leone. "That is why we want to partner with women groups in the country to see that those crimes do not go unpunished again," she opined. She expressed that often, such matters are not taken seriously by the police and that even when charged to court, bribery and family interference take precedence.

She therefore, vowed that henceforth matters relating to sexual and gender based violence will not be taken lightly. "Such matters should not be allowed to go unpunished or involve family settlement as it deprives the victim of her right," the director stated, adding that they will soon engage the Police and Community members to preach against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

In her statement, president of 50/50 Madam Hareitte Turay welcomed the partnership as according to her the groupís objective has always been to fight for womenís rights in the country. She promised that they would cooperate with LAWCLA to give women their right and respect.

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