Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. Without a legal aid system, many women are arrested for reasons of poverty or abuse. They can spend years in prison waiting for their cases to be heard, often for minor crimes they did not commit. AdvocAid will provide free legal services, ensuring women's rights are protected, along with critical welfare items to support their well being whilst in prison and literacy classes to help them prepare for life after prison.
Paralegals and lawyers provide legal aid for women in detention. Trained teachers provide literacy classes to women in prison. A social worker distributes key welfare items, such as soap, sanitary towels or items for babies in prison with their mothers.
We will deliver legal aid, education and welfare support to 450 girls and women providing them with justice, dignity and a chance to rebuild their lives.