What we do
AdvocAid provides free, holistic and targeted legal aid for girls and women in conflict with the law in Sierra Leone, supporting them from police station to court. As well as ensuring women have access to justice, we educate them on their legal rights, and provide detainee support, education and moving forward programmes to make women stronger and more empowered upon release.
Alongside legal interventions, we advocate for change in Sierra Leone’s archaic legal system, highlight key issues and human rights abuses through reports and research and maintain a very visible presence that holds the police, correctional centres and courts accountable in their roles as keepers of justice.
We have extensive experience in responding to Sierra Leone’s legal, human rights and gender based challenges, designing programmes and campaigns that are targeted, innovative and impactful.
Access to JusticeAdvocAid fundamentally believes that girls and women in Sierra Leone deserve access to justice. We achieve this through one of our core components of work – the delivery of free legal aid.
Rights AwarenessAdvocAid works across Sierra Leone to ensure girls and women are aware of and know about their legal and human rights, and have the confidence to assert them when confronted by the law.
Education + Economic EmpowermentChange can only come about for women in Sierra Leone if they receive education and economic empowerment. We deliver literacy classes, vocational training and business skills training to women in detention.
Supporting DetaineesThis programme provides incarcerated girls and women with welfare support when behind bars. Welfare packages are delivered every three months and include items such as sanitary towels and toiletries.
Moving forwardIn Sierra Leone, being detained and imprisoned leads to women being hugely ostracised and often shunned from their family, village and livelihood. We prepare women for release, and provide them with the skills and support to thrive in their communities.
Research + Advocacy
A lot of what needs to change isn’t the girls and women we support, but the system and society they’re trapped within. We seek to change this in the long term through advocating for changes to the legal and welfare system, lobbying for amendments to laws and campaigning for social changes for women.
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.