30 young girls now imprisoned in Juvenile Correction Centres in Afghanistan and more that may face the same destiny each day.
They are brave. They had enough courage to stand up to their families and to social conventions.
young girls now imprisoned in Juvenile Correction Centre
percent of women illiterate in Afghanistan
percent of women face forced marriage in Afghanistan
30 young girls now imprisoned in Juvenile Correction Centres in Afghanistan and there are more that every day may face the same destiny. They are brave because they have enough courage to stand up to their families and to social conventions. We want a world in which no child is left alone and where each one can grow up happily. This is why we take care of each child -through development projects and adoption- with the same professionalism and love as if it were our own. This is CIAI’s vision since 1968. Afghanistan is one of the countries where CIAI works mostly, and is where the project fearless girls takes place. We face to an important challenge, to give a future to those girls who are currently in prison for moral offenses. Braveness it is the link between -the CIAI fearless girls project- and Only The Brave Foundation’s mission. These are girls who have dared to challenge family and social conventions, and who are ready fight for their freedom.
There are currently 30 girls held in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Kabul, many of them accused of moral crimes, when, in reality, they are escaping violence and should be protected, not victimized.
A number that will grow in the next few months, also due to the ambition of expanding our project activities even in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre of Herat.
CIAI, through the support of OTB Foundation commits itself to be in the forefront to defend the rights of these girls who have dared to stand up against abuse and violence based on customs and the perception of traditions that have nothing to do with the current Afghanistan laws and regulations.
For these fearless girls we have developed an intervention around three interconnected axes:
Psychological, legal and educational support while in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre; Family counselling support to family reintegration after the release from detention or referral to shelters for victims of violence, while advocating for perpetrators of violence to be prosecuted as foreseen by the law; support school or vocational training reintegration or enrolment through community help.
Afghanistan is a country in the middle of a constant conflict that does not spare anyone.
In the first six months of 2018, the suffering of children in armed conflict bore many faces in Afghanistan, with Afghan boys and girls killed, maimed, sexually assaulted, abused, recruited and used by parties to the conflict. UNAMA, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan recorded 1,355 child casualties (363 deaths and 992 injured) as a result of the armed conflict in the first six months of 2018.
Education is free but not compulsory. Many families prohibit girls’ education or are scared to let them go to school. Those who do not go to school start working before the age of 12. Child marriage in Afghanistan persists.
In 2018 Afghanistan promulgated a new Penal Code, which final version, differently from its first one did not incorporate the Law to End Violence Against Women (EVAW Law).
Not having incorporated the whole EVAW Law leaves Afghan women and girls who more need protection and support, less protected in the face of misogynist and customary practices that limit their freedom and violate their rights. If girls victim of domestic violence or abuse, such as forced marriage or child marriage, decide to stand up against it and run away from home they are imprisoned for “moral offenses” even before a trial takes place. This, because of an old, customary, wrong and unlawful interpretation of the law which in reality defends the rights of girls victims of violence.
CIAI Area Director of Afghanistan & South East Asia
We work to mend, to repair. We need to mend the same way, we would do with needle and thread, the stories of these fearless girls. They have shown an incredible courage, the courage to stand up for themselves. To support them and a rightful juvenile justice system we need to work with families in their homes, in their neighborhoods, among the narrow and muddy streets of the slums and IDP camps. What is at stake today is not just the fight for these girls, is the need to prevent that still this generation becomes pray of violence and ignorance, the need to have children and youth cultivate the seeds of peace.
CIAI Project coordinator
The needs are so many. In Juvenile rehabilitation centers, governmental funds are on and off, and so are the needed services: sometimes is warm covers for the winter, sometimes is the psychological support, sometimes the education activities. But we need to insist on schooling. School, education, is what can give to these girls the strength to face the difficulties and it is so important that they become strong. They represent our hope for a better future.