S/Leone: NGO seeks collaboration in tackling sexual violence
The NGO Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) on Thursday organized training for Paramount Chiefs and members of the Family Support Units (FSU) within the Sierra Leone Police in a bid to bridge a collaboration gap in the effort to prosecute sexual violence cases.
The training was organized in the southern Moyamba District, one of the districts highly affected by this epidemic of sexual violence in Sierra Leone.
A statement from the campaign group said the purpose of the training was to strengthen the relationship between Paramount Chiefs and FSU, which is responsible for handling gender and sexual based violence issues in the police.
The participants were engaged on the management of their involvement in the investigation and prosecution of cases of sexual violence.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, and with support from UNICEF, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Paramount Chiefs, the FSU, and Child Welfare Committees in 2012 designed to enhance collaboration in efforts to prosecute sexual violence cases.
“DCI-SL is aware that one of the persistent challenges that limit the prosecution of sexual violence cases is the collaboration gap between Paramount Chiefs and Family Support Units. Additionally, since the adoption of the MoU, it has not been widely populated and many districts have not started implementing its provisions,” the NGO said.