Throughout this pandemic, AdvocAid has continued working with and supporting women and girls who have come in contact with the law. Our social workers give counselling to women who are detained while our paralegals provide legal support.
Forging collaborative relationships with our partners and stakeholders, such as the Sierra Leone Police, is an essential part of our work.
To improve COVID-19 preventative and protective measures in police stations, we provided much needed items such as veronica buckets, soap, hand sanitizers, as well as basics such as mattresses and pillows. These essentials support the police in improving the conditions of the women who are detained and reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Our donations to police stations in Freetown was recently filmed and broadcasted by African Young Voices TV (AYV), a local television station in Sierra Leone. They filmed AdvocAid working to aid women in contact with the law and captured the reaction of the Superintendent at Waterloo Police Station. The Superintendent said that “it’s the first that we have received anything... for an organization in Freetown to come here and make this sort of donation... we are very much appreciating it.”
With your support we are able to address the basic needs of marginalised women and girls, and build these vital working relationships with the police to be strong advocates for our clients and ensure the accountability needed to make longer-term improvements.
Look out for our upcoming social media post showcasing AYV’s coverage of our visit to the Waterloo Police Station.