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Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia

Crisis Overview

From 1989 to 1997, Liberia experience one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars. Civilians were the main victims as would-be dictators vied for power with their respective armies, and ethnic factions competed for control over resources. More than 250,000 Liberians were killed (1 in 14), and over one million displaced. Child soldiers were made to commit unspeakable atrocities. From 1999 to 2003, rebel groups attacked, forcing Liberia into its second civil war. Today, Liberia remains severely underdeveloped. More than half the population is under 18, many of them orphans. Malnutrition plagues 40% of children under five. Many continue to lack access to basic health and sanitation services. Liberia is also recovering from a deadly Ebola outbreak in 2014.

What They Do

The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia, established in 1998, is an umbrella organization of 104 local women’s rights organizations throughout Liberia. WONGOSOL’s mission is to empower women through active participation at all levels of society, and to end gender-based discrimination. The organization is run collectively by its members, and serves to coordinate the grassroots women’s movement in Liberia. They work together by sharing information, providing training and resources where needed, cooperating with outside bodies, managing a database for women’s movements, and generally maintaining solidarity for a common cause.

Our Impact

PeaceGeeks helped launch WONGOSOL’s website in 2014, complete with a new logo design. We trained staff, using the Amani system, on effective website development and management. We worked closely with the team throughout much of the project. And with the increasing severity of the Ebola outbreak, PeaceGeeks was able to take a lead role in the final stages of the project. WONGOSOL was therefore able to divert their efforts towards educating Liberians about Ebola, helping heal the nation.  

Deliverables Summary
  • Website deployment
  • Hosting
  • Training
  • Logo design
  • Social media training

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Jen Allen - Project Manager - Renee Black - Project Coordinator - John Darcy - Graphic Designer

Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia Contributors

Fredrick Quenah - Technology Lead

Fontaine-ISOKO

Crisis Overview

Belgian’s colonial legacy in Burundi had pitted the ethnic groups of Hutu and Tutsi against each other. By independence in 1962, Burundi immediately descended into violent ethnic conflict. In 1972, the Tutsi-dominated army carried out mass killings on the Hutu population in an attempted genocide. In 1993, following Burundi’s first multi-party elections, Hutus attempted to perpetrate the genocide of Tutsis. Between 1962 and 1993, 250,000 people were killed due to ethnic violence. Following the assassination of the country’s first democratically-elected leader in 1993, Burundi descended into civil war, causing the deaths of over 300,000 people. International intervention led to a fragile peace agreement in 2005, though instability and civil unrest continue to threaten the region.

What They Do

Fontaine-ISOKO is a non-profit organization dedicated to building peace and security, gender equality, good governance, and community development throughout Burundi. They attempt to counter decades of marginalization, poverty, and discrimination, by developing education and engagement programs, such as their ‘Youth Engage Program’ (YEP) or ‘My Role,’ which seeks to end gender-based violence. Fontaine-ISOKO promotes female and youth political participation, as well as male participation. They conduct research on the effects of women’s participation in government, and the exploitation of youth, which they use to construct training and advocacy programs. Their mission is to promote partnership in building a better Burundi.

Our Impact

PeaceGeeks was able to help Fontaine-ISOKO build a website which they can effectively navigate, and update regularly. We helped train them on website management and organization. PeaceGeeks also created a site in English, that they use to communicate with the international public, as well as donors. PeaceGeeks will continue to work with Fontaine-ISOKO to build a French web platform, so that the organization can better communicate with the local population.

 

Due to the technical assistance from Amani Project team, Fountain-ISOKO has redefined its communication strategies on its key programs. Working with PeaceGeeks on the Amani Project has been a marvellous and inspiring opportunity for me and for Fountain-ISOKO. Long live to this partnership!

Christian Ngendahimana, Executive Director
Deliverables Summary
  • Website redesign
  • Amani Training
  • Newsletter setup

PeaceGeeks Contributors

 Renee Black - Project Manager - Jayde Chang - Graphic Designer

Fontaine-ISOKO Contributors

Christian Ngendahimana - Executive Director - Alida Ndayikeza - Communications Officer

Coalition for Action on 1325

Crisis Overview

Northern Uganda has been in a civil war between government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) since the early 1990s. Families have suffered from mass attacks, killings, mutilations, and child abductions, in which the LRA has forced boys into fighting, and girls into sexual slavery. During peaks of violence, over 1.6 million were displaced from land and livelihood. Without peace, Uganda has regressed into a low intensity civil war. This is compounded by Uganda's weak human rights record on gender equality. Women endure institutionalized gender discrimination, inadequate access to maternal and reproductive health care, a lack of power within the home, and widespread domestic abuse.

What They Do

CoACT is a coalition of non-profit organizations which developed from the need to create tangible actions for implementing and raising awareness for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Resolution 1325, on women, peace, and security, recognizes that armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on girls and women. It therefore requires that states provide adequate protection from gender-based violence. CoACT’s mission, in furthering the Resolution, is to empower women and build peace and human security in Uganda, by strengthening the voice of civil society, building a knowledge-base of best practices, and coordinating joint action for the implementation of Resolution 1325.

Our Impact

At the end of 2014, PeaceGeeks was able to partner with CoACT on the ground. PeaceGeeks staff member Ghazal Habib worked with the organization for two months at their headquarters in Uganda. She trained staff on website development and maintenance through PeaceGeeks’ open-source and user-friendly Amani platform, and fostered greater technical understanding among CoACT members. PeaceGeeks also helped develop a logo to represent CoACT’s vision for Uganda.

Deliverables Summary
  • Branding Consultations & Logo Design
  • Website Development
  • Training 

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Ghazal Habib - Project Coordinator - Mona Meysa - Logo Designer

Coalition for Action on 1325 Contributors

Gorett Korumembe - Project Manager - Robinah Rubimbwa - Content Provider

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