Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone at AdvocAid. Thank you to all our donors and supporters for helping us continue to assist vulnerable girls and women in Sierra Leone. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prTzAu_nEW4]

Christmas Welfare Donations to Women and their Children in Prison

AdvocAid donated welfare items (such as toiletries) to women and their children in Freetown Female Prison. We gave each woman her own “lappa” (cloth) which can be used for clothing, as a blanket etc We played some music and shared food, including fruit which is hardly part of the prison diet. However, our Christmas welfare donations were made more complicated as the female prison population in Freetown had almost doubled due to a police raid on a poor area of town. Thanks to your donations, we just managed to give most women a few welfare items each. We spent the rest of the day taking statements from the women with our Legal Officer, Legal Volunteer and law...

Salone Style Jewellery Sale – 15 December 2011

Buy a unique Christmas gift….and feel good about your purchase too! WHAT: Salone Style Jewellery Sale WHERE: O Bar (Lumley Beach) WHEN: Thursday, December 15 TIME:  5:00-8:00pm Salone Style is a design cooperative that supports a group of women in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Working with disadvantaged women, we aim to empower them with unique skills and a business opportunity. We are currently training a group of women in the art of jewellery making. Our first collection is ready just in time for Christmas. We invite you to view a unique selection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. All jewellery is handmade from locally sourced materials. For more information, visit us at http://www.facebook.com/salonestyle or call 078.887.997 Salone Style is proud to support...

AdvocAid presents at National Conference on Advancing Legal Aid for Women’s Rights

AdvocAid was honoured to be invited to speak at the National Conference on Advancing Legal Aid for Women’s Rights organised by the Human Rights Commission on 8 to 9 December 2010 as part of their events listed to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2011. Sabrina Mahtani, Executive Director, gave a key note speech on “Exploring New Approaches to Legal Aid and Assistance for Women”. Click here to read more about the conference in a news article by Awoko...

AdvocAid and GIZ produce Handbook on UN Standards for the Treatment of Female Prisoners

AdvocAid, with the support of GIZ, has developed a Handbook on the United Nations Standards for the Treatment of Female Prisoners. The handbook can be found in the “resources” section of our website or by clicking here. This handbook aims to provide a clear, portable and easy to use guide to the “Bangkok Rules,” adopted by the United Nations in 2010, which outline international standards for the treatment of female prisoners and female offenders. The information is in point form, illustrated with cartoons and referenced with detailed footnotes. It is organised according to prison officials’ duties and functions. The handbook is designed to assist prison officials, prisoners and civil society in fostering enforcement of human rights standards for girls, women and their children in the criminal justice system. The 1st edition of the handbook was used during a 2 day training on the Bangkok Rules from 5 – 6 December 2011 with female prison officers in Freetown. Plans are to extend the training to the provinces next year and to produce a 2nd edition of the handbook following learnings from the trainings. The fantastic illustrations were provided by De Monk, Arts & Media Production, 6/17 Cannon Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone/ 076 470 288/ 033 511 148/ demonkproduction@yahoo.com. Great graphic design by Stephanie Maylon (stephmalyon@googlemail.com)  ...