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Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation – Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joined September 2017

The LEWAF is working in the Freetown Western Rural and Urban district providing community based legal services such as legal education, ADR, Mediation, etc. We do this through community based Paragals

Presence in: Sierra Leone
Focus: Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Traditional / Customary Justice

The “Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation (LEWAF-SL) is an independent, National NGO founded in 2008 but officially established in 2014. LEWAF-SL was founded in memory-of and in continuation of the mission of a true Norwegian Humanitarian Philanthropist called Ellen Pauline Kise.

Whilst in Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2003, very closed to Ellen’s heart were vulnerable Women and Girls especially victims of domestic violence and those who still remain highly vulnerable to abuse in their own homes.  Ellen’s ambition was to studiously work to minimize and eventually end Violence against Women and Girls in Sierra Leone.

Sadly, Ellen could not live to physically fulfil her ambitious vision, she passed-on in 2008 after a prolong battle with cancer.

MANDATE: To work towards ‘tackling violence against Women and Girls’ taking place in the homes and communities across Sierra Leone.

VISION: LEWAF believes that everyone has a right to live a life free from fear and Intimidation and recognised that “Violence against Women and Girls” is a Violation of their human rights. Therefore, the vision of LEWAF isTo see Women and Girls live in every community in Sierra Leone FREE from ALL forms of Violence and in-equality; and are Valued, Dignified and Respected in their households and communities where they live and refer to as a home.

MISSION: To CREATE OPPORTUNITIES for Women and Girls to recover from the immediate trauma of violence and TRANSFORM their lives; empower them to ADVOCATE for their rights and be able to SAFELY ENJOY those rights with EQUAL Economic, Social and Decision making opportunities in their households and communities.

CONTEXT OF OUR PROGRAMMING: This is structured on 4 thematic areas: (1) PREVENTION (2) PROTECTION (3) RESPONSE (4) ADVOCACY.

People Associated With This Organization

Dauda Sesay

Sierra Leone  
Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
I am Dauda Sesay, a graduate with Diploma in Library Studies and B.A in Philosophy and Sociology from Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone. Over the last 5 years after graduation, I joined the Lady Ellen Women's Aid Foundation under its Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment program. I am the current lead Paralegal covering the Western Area Rural District of Freetown, Sierra Leone. My passion in Legal empowerment work rose to another level with the numerous paralegal trainings undertaken with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa/OSIWA and NAMATI. With the enriching knowledge, I have provided paralegals services to the poor and vulnerable peoples especially women and girls' living in remote rural communities. I am so happy to be recommended for this leadership course for which i am so excited to participate. In addition, I am really looking forward to learning more innovative ideas, having access to resources and sharing of experiences in my field of legal empowerment.

Mohamed Bobor Jalloh

Sierra Leone  
Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation...
Joined September 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Mohamed B. Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean and holds a Masters Degree (MSc. Econs) from the Centre for Development Studies, Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. Mr Jalloh specialises in Social Development Policy and Management and offers over two decades of his specialty working exclusively on Gender issues, Gender-based violence, Women’s Protection and Empowerment and community-based primary justice’s services.

Mr. Jalloh is the FOUNDER and current EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of ‘Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation’ (LEWAF) which focuses on “Tackling Violence against Women’s and Girls at HOME” in Sierra Leone. Mr Jalloh is a trained and experienced PARALEGAL Officer.

Mr. Jalloh is always seeking opportunities to ADVANCE and UTILIZE new knowledge and skills to create the right ‘Environment’ and ‘Capacity’ where Women and Girls are not only safe from abuse and the threat of violence, but are also safe to fulfill their potentials and have control over their own lives.

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