Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Liberia
Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.
AJWS’s partners in Liberia are ensuring communities, especially women, are empowered to participate in the management of their natural resources.
Recent Projects in Liberia
Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA)
Enhancing Women's Leadership in Grand Bassa County
Purpose: To increase women's participation and voice in local decision-making regarding revenues generated from the mining and forestry sectors in Grand Bassa county through leadership training, networking and radio talk shows.
Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI)
Increasing Women's Participation in the Forestry Sector
Purpose: To increase women's engagement in the forestry sector by organizing a series of events on Liberia's community rights law, which includes provisions recognizing women as stakeholders in the management and governance of the forestry sector.
Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU)
Supporting Community Based Sustainable Forestry Management
Purpose: To increase community engagement in the forestry sector by strengthening the capacity of community forestry development committees and two CBOs to engage with the government and logging companies, monitor compliance with forest laws and ensure benefit-sharing agreements are upheld.
Southeastern Women Development Association (SEWODA)
Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Purpose: To reduce the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence by raising awareness via community radio, holding dialogues with local leaders and youth, and sharing information on how to seek legal redress.
Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)
Protecting Customary Land through Strategic Advocacy
Purpose: To enhance accountability and transparency in the land and forestry sectors through strategic communication, research and documentation.
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Liberia (WANEP)
Institutional Capacity Building
Purpose: To strengthen the institutional capacities of WANEP by developing a monitoring and evaluation system and documenting the stories of women peacemakers; and to provide a series of trainings in women's rights, advocacy and leadership skills to 15 women's groups.
Women Peace and Security Network- Africa (WIPSEN)
Young Girls Leadership Dialogue Project
Purpose: To address gender stereotypes through a mentoring program, training on sexual and reproductive rights, and civic engagement of women and girls in two counties of Liberia.