Ireland supports efforts to fight against gender-based violence in Sierra Leone and pay greater attention to the rights of women
The World Health Organization has recently formed attention to gender-based violence, particularly in Africa, where nearly half of all women experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.
the princess Squire, counselor, and his sister, Annie Mafinda, a midwife, it is not a surprise. They have a clinic of sexual assault in a maternity hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Last year, 1,000 cases were treated mainly rape.
The number of reports of attacks has more than doubled since the first of the three countries Rainbo Centre opened in 2003, reflecting an awareness that violence against women is a crime punishable and that women have access to treatment.
"Because more and more women, there is a realization that what a man can do, a woman can do, then they will not accept what happened before" said Mafinda.
Historically, tolerance of violence against women in Sierra Leone has been high. Cultural factors have shaped this trend, but efforts to change attitudes reinforced in 2007 when, in one of the three acts gender Parliament adopted this year, domestic violence has become a crime.
Ireland, which recently Sierra Leone, one of the nine key Irish Aid partner countries, said gender inequalities and issues related to long-term care, by focusing on rape crisis centers and the strengthening of the judicial system.
If denounce sexual violence is the first link in the chain of justice, then the number of women who go through the Rainbo centers, which are funded by Irish Aid, is a measure of success.