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Project ID:00081468Description:Prog 16 UNFPA: GBV
Sierra Leone MDTF
Start Date *: 3 Feb 2012
Local Government & Decentraliz
End Date*: 31 Dec 2017
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

Project Description:

Scaling up of Chiefdom Community Wellness Advocacy Groups (CAGs) on advocacy, dialogues, sensitizations and mobilization programs in additional 3 districts (Kenema, Kono and Kailahun). Currently, there are 74 CAGs established and engaged in 6 districts (Bo, Bombali, Koinadugu, Bonthe, Tonkolili and Western Rural Area).

The planned intervention would focus on training of 400 community advocate comprising Traditional Births Attendants (TBAs), Soweis- practitioners of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and young people in the respective localities. The training will focus on understanding Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response, including the implications of FGC on women’s wellbeing and development.

Community Stakeholders’ active involvement in the promotion of maternal health and the prevention of Gender-Based Violence, Family Planning will be supported. This will include capacity development of Fambul Initiative Network for Gender Equality (Male Network) to provide technical support to the CAGs programs and deliverables.

Development Goal and Key Outcomes:

Developmental Goal: Set up 40 Chiefdom Community Advocacy Groups in the 3 districts of implementation and build the capacity of community stakeholders, particularly TBAs, ‘Sowies’, young people and key male partners in the prevention of GBV and promotion of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in the rural communities, and support the provision protective services and legal redress for GBV victims and survivors.

Outcome 1:  Enhanced reduction in SGBV, FGC and Maternal Health Complications occurrences

Outcome 2:  Effective and efficient Male involvement in the Prevention and Response of GBV and promotion of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights enhanced.

Outcome 3: Enhanced community knowledge and empowerment on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and positive attitude towards accessing and utilization of RH services.


• Traditional Births Attendants, Sowies and young people trained in effective monitoring and sensitization on GBV, human rights, particularly Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.

• 40 additional Community mobilization groups against GBV and Maternal Deaths established.

• Established Chiefdom Community Advocacy Groups supported on outreaches, mobilization and sensitizations

• Communities capacities enhanced to record and report GBV cases to appropriate authorities

• Effective advocacy and dialogues programs facilitated by the male network.

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