EWRL: Better Liberia

Empowering Women in Rural Liberia

While Liberian women play a huge role in shaping the social, economic and political landscape of the country, rates of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful practices (HPs), female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and teenage pregnancy remain high. EWRL strives to break the chains of gender based discrimination for rural Liberian women by promoting economic and educational opportunities.

An Evaluation Framework

We strive to bridge the gap between research and practice for enhanced effectiveness of local economic efforts.

About the Project

Bettering women in Liberia betters women everywhere. Liberia is the 4th poorest country in the world. Our founder, Charla M. Burnett, spent several years coordinating services for children in refugee camps along the Cote Ivorian border before working with the United Nations in refugee camps in Palestine. Her work let her to make connections globally with locals. When approached by Reverence Esaue Greene in five years later, she knew she wanted to be involved. 

OrganizingTogether (OT) supports the EWRL Alliance of nonprofit and civic organizations in the United States and Liberia. OT helped form two co-led board of directors in the United States and Liberia to help coordinate resources and funding. Together, roughly 30 board members meet each month to coordinate and support programs helping women on the ground in at risk counties across Liberia. With members from the International Rescue Committee and the Ministry of Gender, the 


Our commitment to preventing overdoses continues to support prevention organizations across the state and beyond. 

Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA)

Our consultants conducted phone interviews with 58 overdose prevention organizations in the State of Michigan. Using geographic information systems (GIS), our team made key recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Capacity Building

Based on the 58 OCAs completed, 27 prevention programs drafted proposals to address the recommendations. The Prevention Network distributed $200,000 among 18 of them. Twelve courses focused on evidence based overdose prevention practices were co-created with prevention organizations and are free to the public.


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Our goal is to end overdose deaths. We work collaboratively with prevention organizations to build capacity and scale their reach. We continue to support organizations doing more for our communities. 

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