Koinadugu Women’s Advocacy Network (KWAN) International – International Award Winner – 2014

KWAN is an autonomous women’s group based in Kabala in the Northern Region of Sierra Leone. This area was the scene of some of the worst violence during the civil war, with much of the population either involved in the fighting or directly victimised. Many of the men living there now are ex-combatants and domestic violence, alongside discriminatory laws and practices, is particularly rife.

KWAN delivers basic paralegal and rights advice to rural women and girls and uses the information from these community activists to advocate with local, national and international justice service-providers and legislators for a more effective response to violence against women and girls.

KWAN campaigns for women’s participation in local governance and intends to support victims (widows, orphans) affected by the deadly Ebola virus in the district.