Recognising and considering a history of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) when investigating and prosecuting women who commit violent crimes is a core advocacy message of our EU funded project “Enhancing Access to Justice for Sexual and Gender Based Violence Survivors and Promoting The Rights Of Women and Girls In Freetown, Bombali and Kenema”.
The project focuses on empowering women by providing them with knowledge on their rights and putting the power of the law into their hands to hold the system to account.
Through this project, 353 women received legal aid and representation, 40 women benefited from family tracing, and 107 women received psycho-social support since 2020.
Our paralegals monitor 18 police stations every week, including Family Support Units (FSUs), to identify women or girls in police custody who are in need of legal aid. AdvocAid’s paralegals took up their cases to ensure clients received due process.
As we move through year two of this project we will continue to develop legal education for correctional centres, remand homes, high risk groups, PWDs, teachers’ unions, women's groups, and religious and community leaders to work towards ensuring women and girls in Sierra Leone have access to justice.
On behalf of the women and girls we work for, thank you for helping us provide access to justice to those who need it most.