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.
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.
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.
- Website deployment
- Logo design
- Social media training
Jen Allen - Project Manager - Renee Black - Project Coordinator - John Darcy - Graphic Designer
Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia Contributors
Fredrick Quenah - Technology Lead