Elevating women and children’s legal rights
Amie Kandeh is the Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone. After fleeing Sierra Leone with her family during the country’s civil war, Kandeh returned in 2002 to put her skills as an educator and counselor to use in rebuilding the country.
Kandeh, herself a survivor of domestic violence, is widely regarded as one of the leading voices on women’s issues in Sierra Leone. She started and manages the Rainbo Centers, three of West Africa’s first sexual-assault referral centers. She drafted the section of Sierra Leone’s national reproductive health policy devoted to violence against women. She also authored a manual on how to recognize sexual abuse in schools and has organized legal workshops on women and children’s rights.
Kandeh helped gain passage of the Gender Acts, three national laws approved in 2007 that radically improve the rights of Sierra Leonean women. She frequently speaks about her experiences in the United States and Sierra Leone.
Read Nicholas Kristof's New York Times column about Amie.