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Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL)

Monrovia, Liberia
Joined November 2017

I provide consultancy for the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia on programs formulation and implementation in Liberia through consultations with members of AFELL.

Presence in: Liberia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence

The Association of Female Lawyers (AFELL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization duly incorporated under the laws of Liberia of the Republic of Liberia on February 24, 1994 with accreditation from the Ministry of Planning. It is a direct response to endure advocacy for the rights and promotion for the advancement of women, children and indigent persons. AFELL’s mission is to advocate for the promotion, protection and advancement of the rights of women , children and indigent persons in the society. AFELL is a membership-based organization and has a current membership of 100 members. The Association is also part of the task force on the land rights Bill of Liberia. In Liberia, women, children and indigent persons face  daunting challenges which lead to deprivation of justice which is an inherit right of every citizen.  In addition, women and children experience constant marginalization due to the low value attached to them in society. Their vulnerability extends to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), gender based violence (GBV), sexual exploitation, and early marriages. Often, rape cases are consciously compromised by law enforcers, local authorities, and family members often act against the will of victims, which is an affront of the rape law. Victims are ignorant in most instances and are left with long-life traumatic physical and psychological scars while perpetrators roam freely. As support to the justice system, AFELL’s Legal Aid Clinic engages in mediation as first option of giving relief to the parties and at the same time reducing the case load on the dockets of the courts. Our Association also engages in legal representation when the defendants refuse  to appear for mediation or when the parties fail to reach an understanding during mediation.

 

People Associated With This Organization

Richard Sieh

Liberia  
Association of Female Lawyers of...
Joined November 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence
I am a teacher, social worker, creative writer (author of The Broken Spear), entrepreneur, an organization development practitioner, and consultant on capacity building of both grassroots and professional organizations. I am a candidate for Masters degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Liberia. I also run a local NGO, the People Empowerment Program (PEP, www.pepliberia.nl), whose mission is to improve the lives of people through education. Currently, I provide extensive consultancy for the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) on program development and implementation. I have no legal background but I am interested in legal issues. Upon completing my graduate degree in education, I wish to pursue a law degree at the University of Liberia, or pursue some kind of para legal studies. Thus, in order to enhance my knowledge in the legal profession, I have decided to join the network.
Richard Sieh is the network champion (main point of contact) for Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL).

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