When Raising Awareness Changes Lives
Mr. Folley, a 40-year-old community leader living in Gohn Town, Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia, used to domestically abuse his wife. He did not value her as a woman but rather saw her as his property, because her bride price was paid by him.
His wife complained about him to the elders of the town but he would not show up when they called upon him. Stuck in the house, she became so dependent on him and could not do anything for herself without him. Because of this, she had to accept anything wrong that he did to her. Sometimes he came home late at night. If she said anything, he refused to give her money for food the next day.
This habit almost led to the death of one of their daughters. She was sick and – with no money to pay for medical care – started to convulse. Through the kind gesture of one of a community member the child was rushed to the hospital but the incident did not make a change; instead, the situation in the house remained as before, the man in control. Occasionally, family and community members helped look for a solution but to no avail.
Bible and Qu’ran references that are being used to prevent or respond to GBV, especially violence against women:
1 John 4:7-13; Matthew 9:22; Philippians 4: 23; Ephesians 5:25-29; 1 John 3:15-17; 1 Peter 3:7-8
Surah 5:11; Surah 48; Surah 49:19; Surah 51:49; Surah 30:21-22; Surah 65:1-8; Surah 3: 1-3