Osho-Williams says that many women Advocaid helps landed in jail after having defended themselves against domestic violence.
"When you hear some of these stories about these women, a lot of them are victims of domestic violence, a lot of them are victims of gender-based violence. It's as a result of retaliating or self-defense that they become perpetrators, get into conflict with the law," Osho-Williams said.
Educating men about gender-based violence
The Sierra Leone government says it is aware of the problem of domestic violence and is looking to educate men in its prevention.
Charles Vandi is the director of Gender Affairs at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs. He says a new program called Fine Sierra Leone works at reaching out to men and boys across the country.
"For instance, if you get to these men and boys who are the likely source of gender-based violence, you need to educate them about it. What are the forms, types, consequences, effects of gender-based violence? Then they realize and figure, 'oh, I am in that bracket,'" said Vandi.
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