More Awareness

Cgbidi
Posted April 2, 2021 from Liberia
School Awareness
More Awareness

What I think we can do is to continue to create awareness against Gender Base Violence/ Sexual Gender Base Violence in our communities. We need to take the awareness to the schools for the students to get the knowledge at the early age. The boys need to know at the early age how to respect women rights and know the effects of violence. The girls also need to understand the issues about building self esteems, knowing their rights and other important issues relating to women. During this time of pandemic teaching sexual reproductive health and rights in schools to girls is very important. These messages can make a significant change.

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jomarieb.earth
Apr 02
Apr 02

Dear CGBIDI,
Awareness in both genders is extremely important. I always wonder why we are still just talking to the girls. I grew up taking self defense classes. And learning how to disable an attacker. And how to shoot like a sharp shooter from the age of 12. My brothers taught me how to physically disable a man, whether he is a lover or a stranger. Why aren't our girls being given an education on how to physically defend themselves? It doesn't work 100% of the time to over power a man. But it usually gives her a chance to get away and/or draw attention of others who can assist. This 100% of the time adds to her self esteem and awareness of her physical presence, vulnerabilities and assessing daily situations so she can think ahead and adjust to better insure her safety. Why aren't these conversations being done? My brothers would tell guys...my sister will kick your ass if you mess with her, because I taught her how. My father taught me how to shoot well. Why can't we even think of physically protecting ourselves? Talk is beneficial. But an attacker rarely has meaningful conversation.
Just saying...JoMarie

Cgbidi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thank you so much for your piece, it’s good to here. But as for us we advocate specifically for women, girls and Children. But we carry on awareness to both male and females. When it comes to the school awareness both sex benefit.

jomarieb.earth
Apr 03
Apr 03

I am a woman. I was a 12 year old girl when learned to defend myself. Like I said...the attacker rarely has meaningful conversations. Girls are taught to be passive and afraid. Just talk will not physically show them how to escape a situation. Girls barely even know how to scream for help. Just saying.

Beth Lacey
Apr 09
Apr 09

You are spot on. It has to start with the proper education of children