In 2011, Amnesty International reported that the gender-based violence support centres set up in Sierra Leone were ‘outdated’.
Yet, it wasn’t until February 2019 that President, Julius Maada Bio, stood up in the State House in Freetown to declare a state emergency over sexual assault and rape. As a result, more centres were set up to help support those affected by gender-based violence. But are these services adequate to support survivors, or are they still ‘outdated’?
Charlotte Albutt investigates the adequacy of these centres.