Let’s Speak Out Reaches Bong County in Liberia

July 22, 2014
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PCI Media Impact and our partners at UNICEF Liberia, the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development, and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect recently completed another county tour of the Let’s Speak Out program in Gbarnga, Bong County. Let’s Speak Out is a program that launched in June to combat rape and violence against women and children. The program currently focuses on organizing county tours in order to raise awareness and entertain communities in Liberia.

The three day Bong County tour was complete with visits to local schools, radio stations, and a five-hour concert for the community. With a goal to educate the public through music and comedy, over 400 students, parents and school administrators attended Let’s Speak Out’s end of the year program at two public schools in Bong County. Hip-Co artist Takun J, who is an anti-rape ambassador for Liberia, joined fellow musicians Peaches and Nasseman to perform and talk about how to prevent sexual violence and seek legal justice if it happens. Comedian Laugh@Laugh also joined the three musicians, making it the first time PCI Media Impact has used comedy as an Entertainment-Education channel.

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The four entertainers also took to the streets to help promote the community concert with an appearance at a local radio station in the area. During the program, each of the entertainers continued to raise awareness about sexual violence by providing further tips to report and prevent it.

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Let’s Speak Out’s five-hour concert on the last day of the tour was held at the United Methodist Gym and was filled to capacity with other 500 people in attendance. To keep with the theme of Entertainment-Education, comedian Laugh@Laugh kicked off the night with jokes that educated the audience about sexual violence issues.

Takun J then kicked off the musical portion of the concert by performing Where You At? and Song for Hawa and briefly sharing how he met rape survivors and became an anti-rape ambassador. Peaches and Nasseman rocked the stage with songs such as Different Intention and Why You Raped Her,  inspiring the audience to dance and sing along.

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PCI Media Impact is excited to reach its next phase with our partners of Let’s Speak Out by putting a stop to sexual violence in Liberia through the use of inspiring comedy that entertains and educates audiences of all ages.

The next set of the county tours will begin in September with visits to Grand Gedeh, Nimba, and Lofa!

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