How we work

Founded in 2006, AdvocAid has been running for nearly 10 years and has now established partnerships and programmes that enable us to create real positive change for women in Sierra Leone. As a not-for-profit organisation, we depend on funding partnerships to deliver our services along with donations from supporters.

We have extensive experience in responding to Sierra Leone’s legal and gender based challenges, designing programmes and campaigns that are targeted, innovative and impactful. We employ our own Paralegals (full time) and Duty Counsel Lawyers (part time) to ensure we always have resource to advocate for women in need, and can represent women from police station to court. The legal team is supported and supervised by a Legal Officer, who is a lawyer, as well as the Executive Director.

We work in partnership with a number of organisations – ranging from local grassroots groups to international NGOs – to ensure we’re reaching girls and women in the most need, including market traders and sex workers. Take a look at our current partnersWe have also invested a lot of time in building robust relationships with Government Officials, the Police Stations, Courts and Correctional Centres.

AdvocAid are in my view among the most reliable and effective legal organisations in Sierra Leone.
Richard Honey, UK-Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network

A large part of how we work involves monitoring police stations, courts and correctional centres to hold these places of detention and justice accountable and ensure that they’re upholding human rights standards for girls and women. One way in which we are doing this is through working with the newly established independent Police Complaints Board to provide a platform through which complaints can be received, handled and resolved.

AdvocAid was recently awarded second prize winner in the Global Namati Justice Prize, the world’s first global prize dedicated to recognising grassroots justice .

 The Namati staff who evaluated the entrants were enormously impressed with the high impact of this program working with women in prisons in Sierra Leone. AdvocAid’s work is highly scaleable, realistic, and delivers results. It employs a dynamic range of tools, including legal aid, legal education and a holistic approach to the needs of women in prison in a low-income setting like Sierra Leone.
Namati Justice Prize, Judges comment


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