Sub-Saharan Africa

More than a natural disaster:
Accountability for the mudslide in Sierra Leone

The August 14 landslide and floods in Freetown shocked people around the world. At least 500 people died, and several hundred more remain unaccounted for. This was not simply a natural disaster. Government negligence played a crucial role in the loss of life.

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To prevent violence against women and girls, community leaders come together

At the Fund, we know that true equality for women and girls means strong, locally-rooted women’s rights activism that disrupts power structures and cultural norms—some of which are centuries old—that relegate women to second-class status. In every region in which we work, we support talented women and men who are committed to changing this status […]

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In Nigeria, activists make headway
in wake of militarization and instability

From the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast to the Niger Delta Avengers in the South, life in Nigeria can be insecure and politically unstable. John Kabia, the Fund's Program Officer for West Africa, witnessed this firsthand in February 2017, when he visited our grantees and advisors in the field.

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A new tactic against corruption:
Putting honest politicians in the limelight

Photo courtesy of Accountability Lab  August 7, 2017 “Name and shame” For years, this has been the main approach organizations have used to tackle corruption. Groups employing this tactic work to apprehend corrupt politicians, then broadcast their names publicly to discourage others from committing similar acts. And while some progress has been made, this method […]

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Only 25% of kids in the DRC have birth certificates.
Mothers are changing that.

Imagine giving birth to a healthy baby, but being unable to prove that the infant is yours. Imagine your child, older now, being refused enrollment in school and denied healthcare. For many new mothers living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is an everyday reality. All because their children don’t have birth certificates. While Congolese law requires families to register their newborns within 90 days, this can be a near-impossible task, especially for poor parents and those living in remote areas.

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Giving human rights activists the tools they need to save lives

How do you access a remote jungle where groups of armed men have children in their ranks? This is the question Murhabazi Namegabe faces each day working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a country where tens of thousands of children are forced to be rebel soldiers or slaves, Fund grantee BVES […]

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Using the SASA! Model to prevent violence against women in Uganda

“Sasa!” That’s the rallying cry from men and women in Uganda’s capital city reaching out to their communities to prevent domestic violence against women. Literally translated, “sasa” means “now” – and that’s when Tina Musuya and her organization, Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), believe gender-based abuse must stop. More than half of women in […]

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Abdul Manaff Kemokai receives the Child 10 Award 2016

December 9, 2016 The Fund for Global Human Rights congratulates Abdul Manaff Kemokai, Executive Director of Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL), on his receipt of the Child 10 Award 2016 on November 14th, 2016. The Child 10 Summit brings together remarkable leaders of grassroots organizations so they can share knowledge and solutions to protect […]

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Protecting the LGBTI Community in Liberia

In Liberia, West Africa, homosexuality has long been a widespread taboo, and LGBTI people live in fear of being attacked every day. As well as being physically harassed and routinely humiliated publicly, intense stigma around being gay means many people are also often forced from their jobs, homes and communities, and deprived of their basic human rights and dignity.

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Disrupting Impunity and Obtaining Justice in Guinea

Mamadou Diallo never imagined he would one day lead the fight for justice in one of the most damming cases of human rights violations in Guinea’s recent history. Yet one day in his early 20s dramatically changed the course of his life. On September 28, 2009, Mamadou joined friends in a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Conakry to demand the resignation of Guinea’s then military rules, Moussa Dadis Camara.

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