Liberia
Founded in 2009

Contact Details:

  • Contact person: MR. KAWAH, Foday M.
  • Address: Airfield New Road, Monrovia, Liberia
  • Phone 1: (+231) 886 407 054
  • Phone 2: (+231) 886 843 197
  • Email: dciliberia@gmail.com

 

Fields of Intervention:

DCI-Liberia was created in Liberia in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:

  • Child labour and child trafficking
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse of children
  • Human rights and children’s rights education and education on Gender-based violence

Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:

In recent years, DCI-Liberia has carried out inter alia the following projects:

  • Awareness-Raising Campaign on Ebola

DCI-Liberia’s Girl Clubs are carrying out a house-to-house awareness-raising campaign on Ebola in 30 Liberian communities. 400 girls and women were trained to distribute fliers and educate local residents on preventive measures and how to contact health authorities if there is a suspected Ebola case

  • PROMOTING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN JUVENILE JUSTICE IN LIBERIA

DCI-Liberia is implementing a Juvenile Justice programme in the counties of Bomi and Montserrado for children in contact and conflict with the law. The project promotes partnership and collaboration with relevant government ministries, civil society organisations, and local communities to ensure that children’s rights are protected.

  1. Capacity-building: DCI-Liberia trained 65 police officers, 15 magistrates, 85 Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members, 79 members of child right clubs, and 125 community leaders on children’s rights and protection with the application of national, international, and regional instruments such as the Children’s Law, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Right and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).
  2. Establishment of Policing Forums, Child Welfare Committees, and Child Rights Clubs: DCI-Liberia established 12 policing forums, 17 CWCs, and 9 Child Rights Clubs.
  • Submission of an Alternative CRC Report for Liberia

DCI-Liberia contributed to the formation of a Child Rights Coalition of Liberian NGos and INGOs that submitted an alternative report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in February 2012. Among the many issues raised was the ratification of the Optional protocol on child slavery, Child prostitution & child pornography.

  • SUBMISSION OF AN ALTERNATIVE REPORT TO THE AFRICAN UNION

DCI-Liberia led the coalition of civil society organisation and INGOs to draft and submit an alternative report to the African Union (AU) on the situation of children in Liberia.

  • National Children Youth & Advisory Board (NCYAB)

DCI-Liberia is currently working with 40 children in the National Children Youth & Advisory Board that it created to advance the outcomes of the United Nations Study on Violence Against Children. The group is also supposed to raise awareness for the study amongst children, parents, caregivers, and other pertinent stakeholders and policy makers.
The board also adopted the national advocacy theme “Stand Up Against Teenage Prostitution”. It conducted risk mapping of child prostitution in seven communities in and around Monrovia and consultative meetings with the Minsitry of Gender & Development and other relevant stakeholders were organised.

Success Stories/Testimonials:

In the Tubmanburg, Bomi County, a girl was allegedly raped . As a matter of intervention, DCI-Liberia reported the alleged rape case to the Bomi Police Station through the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and it was subsequently reported to the Gender Ministry by the Gender Coordinator who has an oversight responsibility over child related issues.

DCI-Liberia used the opportunity to highlight the issue as one of the items on the meeting’s agenda. A joint action point was reached in which an Assessment Committee was established to assist the government in investigating and gathering evidence.

Meanwhile, the assessment committee paid a visit to the site in which the incidence occurred and collected evidence that was used in the prosecution of the alleged perpetrator.

It was against this back drop, that the alleged perpetrator was arrested and taken to police custody in Bomi county. The alleged perpetrator was later taken for preliminary investigation and charged for the crime of rape. He was subsequently tried in court.

The Assessment Committee whose membership composition comprises local and international partners has been mandated to conduct regular follow-ups on prosecution proceedings. The alleged perpetrator was charged and tried in the Circuit of Bomi and was rendered a guilty verdict of 10 years imprisonment for the crime of rape.

Reports/Publications:

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