DREAM Action to End FGM
Developing Rights-based and Empowering Approaches to Mobilise (DREAM) Action to End FGM was a four-year project in Sierra Leone, in partnership with two local organisations Advocacy Movement Network (AMNET) and Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement (G2G). The project aims to build a protective environment for girls to be free from harmful traditional practices and sexual and gender-based violence.
This was achieved by empowering young people (girls and boys) through creating networks and clubs, training young people on FGM and harmful traditional practices, teaching them on how to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and supporting them in taking action against all forms of violence. In addition, DREAM worked with and informed local chiefs, policymakers, faith and community leaders to implement strategies to safeguard girls and young women.
Advocacy Movement Network (AMNet) started operations in 2004, working in three strategic areas: women’s empowerment; child protection; and youth development. Their mission is to deepen right holders’ understanding about human rights and social justice as a means for them to reflect on their own lives and use their skills to make informed choices as agents of social change. AMNet’s offices are in Freetown, Bonthe and Kambia districts, but implement projects across all Sierra Leone
Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement (G2G) is a girls-led non-governmental organization based in Sierra Leone, combating HTPS such as FGM and child marriage and other forms gender-based violence. G2G undertakes advocacy and empowerment of girls and young women that are at risk or affected by HTP and GBV. G2G’s mission is to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women.
In 2019, our Sierra Leone partner AMNet won 3 awards. Organisationally, they won the ‘Most Outstanding NGO 2019’ while the CEO (Ms. Hawa Samai) personally collected the wards for ‘The Most Outstanding Female Civil Society Activist 2019’ and was nominated one of the ‘2018 50 Most Influential Women’