Education & Economic Empowerment
We believe that change can only come about for women in Sierra Leone if they receive education and economic empowerment. Women in Sierra Leone are disadvantaged on many levels, but a core one remains education. It is rare for girls to continue school beyond primary level, with just 9.5% of women receiving secondary school education and above.
This poor educational attainment creates a huge vulnerability and unhealthy reliance on men, who are more often than not better educated.
AdvocAid seeks to stop the cycle of illiteracy by delivering literacy classes to women in detention, providing women with stronger prospects and a brighter future upon release. These classes are delivered by our educational partner, EducAid. We run three classes per week for the different literacy levels, on a termly basis, with a graduation upon completion.
AdvocAid has installed a library in Freetown Male Correctional Centre and is providing support to the library in the Freetown Female Correctional Centre so that women can further learn and develop whilst serving sentences or waiting (often months) for their case to be heard at court.
Alongside literacy, AdvocAid supports women’s aspirations to further and better themselves upon release. We do this via the delivery of vocational training and business skills training sessions for women.
A common job for women in Sierra Leone is that of petty trading, being a fish monger or market stall holder. By equipping women with stronger business skills, we’re endeavoring to make them more successful upon release, and less likely to run into conflict with the law.
As well as Education and Economic Empowerment, we run a Supporting Detainees programme.