Final Evaluation: Action to end sexual and gender-based violence (Liberia)
Grantee: United Funding and Development for Underage Mothers (UFDUM)
Grant period: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022
Grant amount: USD 324,011
Authors/editors: James D. Bazzie
Publication year: 2023
United Funding and Development for Underage Mothers (UFDUM) with the support of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women implemented a three-year pilot project “Action to end sexual and gender-based violence” to improve the well-being and quality of life of women and girls of Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties, and their safety from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. The project’s main objectives were to improve:
- access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls; and
- prevention of such violence through changes in behaviour, practices and attitudes.
The final evaluation found that the project contributed to improved well-being and quality of life of women and girls, and improved UFDUM institutional strength.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- 89% of women’s rights groups were trained on promoting information via the media and communicating effectively about the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence. Additionally, the knowledge of 10 media practitioners was improved on this issue.
- Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of the wider community in relation to the adverse effects of FGM, Child Marriage and sexual violence improved. At the end of the project, 64% (210) of respondents had improved knowledge on where to report cases of violence.
- 93% of respondents reported that community members had become more capable of taking action to ensure the safety of women and girls.
- The project contributed to movement-building through: increasing awareness of and sensitizing community members and stakeholders on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response; and strengthening partnerships and collaboration with different government line ministries, community stakeholders and community structures.
- UFDUM was institutionally strengthened, particularly its resilience to crises.