Final Evaluation: “Engaging Faith-Based Organizations to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls and Increase Survivors’ Access to Services” (Liberia)
Grantee: Episcopal Relief and Development
Period: January 2015 to December 2017
Grant amount: $680,216
Description: The project addressed violence within the family and community by working with faith-based organizations in six districts in the Cape Mount and Rivercess counties of Liberia. The main aim was to reduce the physical and sexual violence experienced by women and girls, and improve their access to services.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- significantly fewer women and girls reported violence by intimate partners (down from 14.8% to 5%) and by non-partners (down from 16.1% to 2.6%);
- participants in the activities adopted more gender equitable attitudes;
- virtually all the faith leaders (98%) and youth faith leaders (97%) spoke out against gender-based violence at various events; and 81% took some form of action to support members of their congregation in this regard; and
- the majority of female members of the congregations said they had learned about gender-based violence support services from their faith leaders.