By Femi Coker
Men Engage Alliance Network- Sierra Leone (MAGE-SL) on Tuesday, June 5 launched the UN Trust Fund Project at the Family Kingdom resort in Freetown.
Launching the project, Miss Melrose Kargbo of the United Nations Family on behalf of the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Steven Gaojia, stated that Government’s primary concern is the well being of its citizens
She also observed that without a happy and healthy population the country cannot flourish and realize its potential, noting that gender based will then be on the rise and undermine the development of the country.
She opined that gender based violence is a complex issue and as such preventing and responding to it requires the understanding and action of all Sierra Leoneans.
She said there was need for state collaborates and international actors to build a shared agenda that could become a national action plan to tackle this menace.
In his statement, the Project Manager of MAGE-SL, Mr. David Makiue described the launching as a rethinking process that will have to reflect on issued of gender based violence against women who are more vulnerable and engage them to strengthen the implementation of the gender laws and policies to promote gender equality in the country.
He disclosed that the project will target the Koindugu , Moyamba districts and the Western Area for a start and it will expand to other parts of the country in course of time.
He called on men to see women as partners in development and encouraged the women to walk with men side by side.