Africa

Liberia 2005

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$50,000*
To emphasize the role of trade unions as stakeholders in the transitional democracy in Liberia. Together with the Nigeria Labor Congress and the Ghana Trade Union Congress, ACILS will develop a civic education curriculum and train Liberian trade unionists in voter education in order to increase workers’ participation in the upcoming elections. Trainers will then conduct workshops on civic education in Monrovia and surrounding areas.

Center for Democracy and Elections (CENDE)
$40,005*
To support a civic education campaign in the run-up to national elections. CENDE will train trainers who will then educate their local communities about the electoral process, civil rights and responsibilities, election monitoring, and good governance. CENDE will also broadcast a radio program and produce a broad array of civic education materials.

National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections posters
Posters designed by the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections to advocate for conscientious voting in Liberia’s 2005 elections.

Center for Law and Human Rights Education (CLHRE)
$44,000
To increase awareness of human rights, fundamental liberties, and the rule of law. CLHRE will provide pro bono legal aid; organize human rights workshops for teachers, civil society members, and ordinary citizens; produce human rights education radio programs; and report human rights abuses.

Center for Peace Education and Democracy (COPE)
$30,000
To raise awareness of the danger of proliferation of small arms and light weapons and the culture of violence. COPE will work to increase arms awareness and organize education workshops and “palava hut” discussion groups. COPE will also print a quarterly newsletter, distribute posters promoting peace and non-violence, and erect billboards. Staff will attend the annual West African Action Network on Small Arms meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy (COPDA)
$30,000
To train rural Liberians on voting rights and raise the level of political awareness on stable democratic governance. COPDA will conduct workshops in Nimba County on human rights, the transitional government, and election laws; publish a quarterly newsletter, The Peace Chronicle; develop a human rights database; conduct electoral monitoring; and launch a legal aid program to provide free legal council.

Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy (FOHRD)
$32,720*
To improve government accountability, citizen advocacy for human rights protection, and understanding of the electoral process. FOHRD will lobby the legislature to improve transparency, issue policy papers on corruption, hold training workshops on election monitoring, and distribute the electoral code. FOHRD will also aid victims of human rights violations, organize focus group discussions on human rights, provide legal aid to prisoners, and campaign for disarmament.

Global Rights
$60,000*
To strengthen civil society’s participation in human rights and legislative advocacy and to help civil society organizations improve government transparency and accountability. Global Rights will provide capacity building assistance to human rights networks in Liberia, and convene an advocacy skills building seminar for Liberian human rights organizations and other civil society groups.

Global Witness
$22,902*
To advocate for good governance of natural resource management in Liberia. Global Witness will work with its Liberian partners to prepare for the upcoming elections by disseminating press releases, articles, and targeted advocacy materials which promote transparent natural resource management.

Human Rights Watch Women and Children (HURWAWCHI)
$32,870
To reconcile parents, community members, and former child soldiers and to minimize the number of neglected and abandoned children in rural Liberia. HURWAWCHI will organize traditional reconciliation programs to detraumatize and reunite former child soldiers with their families and communities. Other activities will include broadcasting a biweekly radio program, erecting billboards, and documenting human rights abuses with specific focus on women and children in rural communities.

Liberia Institute of Journalism (LIJ)
$33,210*
To improve the professional competence of Liberian journalists, promote and protect freedom of the press and free speech, and uphold the basic tenets of democracy. LIJ will conduct monthly training workshops to improve the competencies of journalists at recently established community radio stations. LIJ will also continue production of its Internet bulletin, the West Africa Newsletter and expand production of its Liberia Media journal.

Liberia National Law Enforcement Association
$39,786
To promote a humane and democratic approach to the administration of justice that respects human rights, liberty, and dignity. Activities will include two community crime prevention workshops, a legal reform workshop, a consultative forum with leaders, a week-long criminal justice administration seminar, two assemblies on government accountability, an opinion survey on corruption, a monthly radio program, a quarterly public lecture, and an internship program.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia’s newly elected leader and the first female African president, spoke at an event organized by Liberia Watch for Human Rights.

Liberia Watch for Human Rights (LWHR)
$25,195*
To reinforce Liberians’ commitment to peaceful and transparent national elections and to educate community members on democracy and good governance. LWHR will conduct four civic education workshops in rural areas of Liberia through its branch offices in Bassa, Cape Mount, Lofa, and Bomi Counties. LWHR will also produce a weekly radio program on civic education and human rights, erect a billboard on government reform, and distribute posters on human rights, elections, and good governance.

National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE)
$30,000
To energize the electoral process among youth and to facilitate free and fair national elections in Liberia. NAYMOTE will lead a youth outreach civic education program in schools and community institutions, conduct civic education campaigns, broadcast civic education messages on radio stations, and distribute civic education materials on voting registration and the electoral system.

Press Union of Liberia (PUL)
$40,000*
To build the capacity of media professionals and promote a free press in Liberia. The PUL will organize capacity-building workshops to train journalists in responsible reporting techniques and will continue its monthly meetings with the heads of media institutions. PUL will also continue its legal defense of journalists, assistance to imprisoned journalists, and the operation of its online Media Resource Center.

Prisoners Assistance Program
$35,875
To create a pro-active, community-based movement against human rights abuses carried out by police and security forces. Activities will include two workshops on democracy, human rights, and legal procedures, meetings with community groups, discussions on individual rights and elections, monitoring security personnel, and distributing material on the criminal justice system.

Rural Human Rights Activist Programme (RHRAP)
$38,000
To increase awareness of the danger of ethnic discrimination and religious intolerance and to foster a non-violent society based on human rights and democracy. RHRAP will conduct four workshops on indigenous methods of conflict resolution and organize lectures in schools and religious institutions, village meetings, and roundtable discussions on peace building. RHRAP will also produce posters, flyers, and billboards on reconciliation, broadcast a radio program, and distribute a monthly newsletter.

Zorzor District Women Care, Inc. (ZODWOCA)
$25,000
To empower rural women leaders in Liberia to advocate for human rights protection. ZODWOCA will conduct workshops for women leaders in Lofa County on the basic rights of women; produce a quarterly newsletter; distribute posters, calendars, and flyers on women’s rights and conflict resolution; and conduct human rights monitoring and reporting in Zorzor District.

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