Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development

Project Description

Enhancing Social and Economic Empowerment for Women in Liberia

Republic of Liberia

Amount: € 189,022.00

Overview

The NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment provided a grant to the Ministry of Gender and Development in Liberia to enhance the social and economic development of women. The project was implemented in the River Gee, Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba and Lofa counties of Liberia. The project consisted of two primary components, the first component focused on the economic empowerment of over 3000 women through microcredit initiatives, literacy training and life skills programmes.

The second component sought to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) through the construction of 5 safe houses for survivors of GBV. The safe houses, built due to the intervention of NEPAD, are able to provide accommodation and psycho-social support for 500 victims of GBV at any given time and continue to play a crucial role in the re-integration of vulnerable, Liberian women back into society.  This project is aligned to the priority outlined in Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 that seeks to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and ensure all their human right, as well as the Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality

Key results

  • The project built 5 safe houses in 05 counties for survivors of gender based-violence (GBV).
  • Five hundred (500) victims of GBV were rehabilitated and reintegrated into their communities. 

Over 3000 women are economically empowered through microcredit initiatives, literacy training and life skills programs. The safe houses continue to play a crucial role in the re-integration of vulnerable, Liberian women back into society.