FEARLESS GIRLS

Where Kabul and Herat, Afghanistan.

Direct beneficiaries
30 girls aged between 12 and 16 years, who are serving a sentence (shorter than 6 months) in the juvenile detention centre of Kabul and Herat, almost all of them for moral crimes.
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Context
Poverty, lack of safety and a social system based on gender discrimination are the main barriers to girls’ rights in Afghanistan.

Over half of Afghan girls don’t go to school and start working before turning 10.

A lot of them are given in marriage as soon as they reach puberty and soon become mothers.

The bravest ones, who rebel against forced marriages and violence, risk being imprisoned for “crimes against morality”.

CIAI’s work with these girls in prison is the first step towards ensuring their protection.

What we want to achieve
Girls’ protection.
Girls’ schooling.
Girls who are positively reintegrated into their families at the end of their prison sentence.
Girls who are not perceived as being guilty of moral crimes but appreciated as peacekeepers within the community and in the whole country.

What we do
We protect them, one by one, by guaranteeing them psychological support and adequate legal defence.
We provide quality education in prison, which will allow them to build a dignified and discrimination-free future.
We escort them to the future by providing professional training that leads to work.
We prepare them for their release from prison by working for a positive return to their families through mediation and other support during their reintegration into family, school and society.
We meet with local leaders to make communities aware of these girls’ conditions and of the new laws regarding violence against minors.

Partner
Ashiana, an Afghan NGO that CIAI has been cooperating with since 2011 and that is particularly experienced in childhood protection and education.

Donor
OTB Foundation