Goal AdvocAid's goal is to strengthen access to justice for girls, women and their children in conflict with the law, foster an increased ability for women to understand and claim rights and to empower them as active citizens. Objectives 1. Strengthen access to legal education; legal advice and legal representation for girls and women in conflict with the law 2. Provide targeted preventative legal education messages and training to groups of vulnerable girls and women in conflict with the law 3. Ensure that girls, women and children who are detained are able to reintegrate successfully into their communities after release through provision of skills training education and welfare support 4. Engage in strategic capacity building, advocacy and public awareness raising in relation to issues affecting girls, women and their children in conflict with the law
In Sierra Leone's justice system, girls and women are particularly vulnerable due to high illiteracy (average 2.2 years schooling) and poverty (51% living on less than $1.25 a day) - two issues that too often lead to women running into conflict with the law. AdvocAid has been strengthening the justice system and providing free legal aid to girls and women in Sierra Leone for 10 years. This is critical in a country where corruption plagues the justice system and legal rights are abused.
AdvocAid's Anniversary Appeal intends to celebrate our achievements over the past 10 years whilst looking ahead to continue doing what we do best - providing women with free access to legal advice, assistance, representation and education. AdvocAid's Paralegals and Duty Counsel Lawyers are based within the communities they serve ensuring there's regular contact for the girls and women we support, in turn preventing cases from being constantly adjourned, and women sitting needlessly on remand.
Sustainability sits at the core of this project, supporting women into the future. Provision of free Legal Aid will ensure poverty doesn't leave Sierra Leone's women as victims of a corrupt system; by painting educational legal murals on Sierra Leone's prison walls we'll teach current and future inmates about their rights once arrested; the creation of AdvocAid's story will raise awareness online, at events and among funders about the need for support in Sierra Leone and the power of our work.