Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL)

Monrovia, Liberia
Joined November 2017

I provide consultancy for the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia on programs formulation and implementation in Liberia through consultations with members of AFELL.

Presence in: Liberia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence

The Association of Female Lawyers (AFELL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization duly incorporated under the laws of Liberia of the Republic of Liberia on February 24, 1994 with accreditation from the Ministry of Planning. It is a direct response to endure advocacy for the rights and promotion for the advancement of women, children and indigent persons. AFELL’s mission is to advocate for the promotion, protection and advancement of the rights of women , children and indigent persons in the society. AFELL is a membership-based organization and has a current membership of 100 members. The Association is also part of the task force on the land rights Bill of Liberia. In Liberia, women, children and indigent persons face  daunting challenges which lead to deprivation of justice which is an inherit right of every citizen.  In addition, women and children experience constant marginalization due to the low value attached to them in society. Their vulnerability extends to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), gender based violence (GBV), sexual exploitation, and early marriages. Often, rape cases are consciously compromised by law enforcers, local authorities, and family members often act against the will of victims, which is an affront of the rape law. Victims are ignorant in most instances and are left with long-life traumatic physical and psychological scars while perpetrators roam freely. As support to the justice system, AFELL’s Legal Aid Clinic engages in mediation as first option of giving relief to the parties and at the same time reducing the case load on the dockets of the courts. Our Association also engages in legal representation when the defendants refuse  to appear for mediation or when the parties fail to reach an understanding during mediation.