We Would Like to Apologize to Angela

Jul 22, 2017

Dear Angela,

We would like to publicly share an apology to you, for the sexual harassment that you experienced while employed at Ushahidi. Sexual harassment is abhorred anywhere, and we are devastated that it happened here at Ushahidi, where we stand for human rights and aim to build a world where the disadvantaged can raise their voice. We are sorry that this happened to you. We are sorry for your pain. This was an inexcusable offense, and after following the legal process and requirements put on us by the law,  we have dismissed the accused from the organization. Now that this has been concluded, we can speak publicly to you as humans and not as the custodians of the legal process. We would like to sincerely thank you for speaking up and bringing this issue to our attention. Because of you, we will be more vigilant. Because of you, we will effect the necessary changes.

We wish you all the best in your healing process, and would like to support you in any way we can or you would like us to.

Moving forward, know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure nothing like this ever happens again at Ushahidi. You did a fantastic job as an employee here, and we would support your work in any way we can.

The staff here are heartbroken by all that has occurred. They are good people who simply want to do good work in the world, helping people raise their voice and standing for justice, safety, and human rights. That is what Ushahidi stands for, that is the fabric of our team. Ushahidi is the people who make this team, it is the people around the world who use our tools to raise their voices or bring help to those in need; and we hope to now repair the organization to be a place we can all be proud of. We are so sorry that the actions of an individual have tarnished that mission and hurt you. Looking to the horizon, we commit to do all we can to make sure nothing like this happens again.

- Ushahidi