Amie Kandeh

Amie Kandeh is featured in the first night of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.


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 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’s and children’s rights. In a major achievement, Kandeh helped gain passage of the Gender Acts, three 2007 national laws that radically improve the rights of women in Sierra Leone. Kandeh is a passionate advocate, speaking about her experiences to moved crowds in the U.S. and Sierra Leone.

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