December 18th, 2011 — 3:32am
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 students.
Comment » | Events, Legal Aid, Welfare
November 15th, 2011 — 4:02am
AdvocAid’s Executive Director, Legal Officer and Volunteer Lawyer spent several days in Bo and Kenema to monitor and support the work of our paralegal in the Easter region.
Prisoners at Kenema Female Prison (literacy classes conducted by AdvocAid's partner, EducAid)
The visit included prison monitoring, distributing key welfare items to women and their children in Bo and Kenema prison as well as legal support and supervision of our paralegal. We also conducted meetings with several key stakeholders such as the police, courts and NGOs in order to strengthen relationships and partner networks.
Simitie Lavaly and Catherine Martyn, AdvocAid Associate. Ms Martyn is the longest serving woman at the Sierra Leone Bar at present.
The visit included two legal education radio programmes, with live call in sessions, conducted by Simitie Lavaly (Legal Officer) on Eastern Radio and SLBC Eastern. Several people called in and the discussions were very lively. Simitie covered issues such as rights when you are arrested, accessing bail and women in prison for debt.
Radio Interview, SLBC Eastern
The visit sparked the interest of the Premier News journalist who covered our visit. Click here to read more.
Lilian Musa (Kenema Paralegal - maternity cover) interviewing a police officer
Photos taken by Catherine Seldon (Volunteer Lawyer)
Catherine Seldon with baby Rajan, our Kenema paralegal's little son
Project supported by a grant from Open Society Foundations
Comment » | Legal Aid, News, Radio Interview, Up Country, Welfare