The National Coordinator of Humanist Watch Sierra Leone Kenema Chapter Titus Mansalay has revealed to the media in Kenema City that his organisation is actively involved in the monitoring of gender based offences committed in the eastern region and its prosecution in the court in Kenema City.
He added that they undertook series of activities gearing towards the protection of the rights of women and children in 2010 particularly through implementing the gender based violence GBV program in the region. Mansalay intimated the press that the monitoring of gender based violence related cases in the eastern region attracted funding and support from Cord Aids Netherlands which according to him has boosted the campaign against GBV in the eastern region. He further disclosed that there are about 31 cases of GBV related cases presently languishing at the Magistrate Court in Kenema city adding that it is as a result of the nature of the justice system that GBV related matters are prosecuted. He described the enactment of the three Gender Laws as a commendable step by the government of Sierra Leone adding that the laws covering sexual offences has immensely contributed to minimize GBV offences in the region. Titus Mansalay assured the public that the project also catered for the involvement of men in combating Gender Based violence within targeted communities in Kailahun and Kenema Districts.