AJWS supports activists on the frontlines of social change in five countries in Africa. From mobilizing opposition to anti-LGBTQI+ legislation in Uganda to helping Kenyan communities defend their access to clean water, AJWS grantees work tirelessly to build just societies.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, AJWS helps the country’s most vulnerable people recover from decades of violence, insecurity and genocide, and protect the land that so many depend on for survival. Our grantees are also fighting for women survivors of sexual abuse and rape in their critical struggle for justice — and their work to end the crisis of sexual violence.
In Kenya, AJWS defends communities’ access to land, water and other natural resources that are being exploited by irresponsible development projects. AJWS grantees also work to end violence and discrimination against — and create opportunities for — Kenyan women, girls and LGBTQI+ people.
In Liberia, AJWS focuses on securing communities’ access to land and other natural resources that they depend on for survival, and ending discrimination and violence against women and LGBTQI+ people. AJWS grantees also continue to support the recovery of vulnerable communities after the devastating Ebola crisis.
In Senegal, AJWS plays a key role in supporting grassroots organizations working to achieve a just and equitable peace in the Casamance region of Senegal, where over 35 years of violent conflict has brought terror and instability into the lives of civilians and robbed people of their essential civil and political rights.