AJWS supports activists on the frontlines of social change in seven 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.
AJWS plays a key role in supporting peace organizations working to end 30 years of civil war in the Casamance region of Senegal, where conflict has brought violence into the lives of civilians and robbed people of their essential civil and political rights. Over the past few decades, we have also supported efforts to end the harmful practice of female genital cutting in Senegalese communities.
South Sudan was born in 2011 on the heels of decades of brutal civil war in Sudan. While the Darfur genocide raged in western Sudan, the people of South Sudan vied for independence and achieved it in a referendum in 2011. Although world leaders were optimistic that independence might finally offer the South Sudanese a much-needed reprieve from decades of war, the country has continued to be divided by conflict.