Project: EU-Children in Crisis Project Duration: June 1st, 2018-till-Nov-2020
This project will improve the situation of women and children in conflict with the law in Afghanistan. Current conditions are dire. The justice and corrections system, through a lack of co-ordination, resources and commitment, is failing to protect the rights of those detained, to avoid unnecessary incarceration, to effectively rehabilitate those sentenced and to successfully reintegrate them on release. The Overall Objective of this action is to support vulnerable children and women in conflict with the law in the following three key areas: diversion to avoid involvement with the justice system; rehabilitation through creating improved conditions within detention center and supporting the emotional and physical well-being of women and children, as well as preparing them for a safe return to society; and reintegration to overcome, both the stigma they face following detention, as well as to avoid the return to the conditions which led to their initial arrest.
Diversion: To enable vulnerable children and women in conflict with the law to avoid unnecessary detention; Rehabilitation: To support the emotional and physical well-being of children and women in conflict with the law in detention centers and to prepare them for a safe and more productive return to society; & Reintegration – to enable women and children in conflict with the law to overcome the stigma they face following detention and to successfully reintegrate back into society.
Report Duration: 1 December 2018- 30 November 2019
Venue: Hagar International organization in Gowharshad University
Four post released women introduced to the exhibition that was launched by Hagar International organization in Gowharshad University on 29 and 30 October 2019.Women in Afghanistan have been disproportionately affected by decades of economic and political instability. Since the 2001, women have made substantial gains. Women’s rights were enshrined in the national constitution of 2003, and successive national governments have vowed to protect women’s rights, eliminate violence against women, and support women’s economic empowerment and political participation. During this period, women had been instrumental in the shaping of Afghan society. The Afghan constitution and the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women afford rights, protections, and opportunities to women that are unprecedented in the region and among other Muslim countries.
“It is crucial that Afghanistan builds on the limited but important gains made on women’s rights so that we are able to confront the many challenges that remain. The international community must stand with Afghan women at this crucial time,” Sima Samer. Afghanistan is still a long way from becoming a stable state, where women can enjoy equal rights and live in safety. Although the current Afghan government is publicly committed to women’s rights and empowerment, women continue to face significant barriers to exercising those rights. Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home.
Post released women sell their products and collected 700 Af, 1150 Af. , 2400Af. One of post released woman by name of Shogofa (shame name) said that: “this is my first time and experience to joint in such event. She add, I am very happy to attend in such market place every one competing for their business. Also, I learned to how improve my products quality to find more customer and earn more. That gave me the power I can work in a place their many people and organization competing for their business”. Also, Nazanin ( shame name), Said that: “I connect with new group of women they can help me to buy my products and will gave me their raw material to make at home and paid for me.” She add, I am very happy now I can produce more products and grow up her business.
Meeting with post released women
AWEC project manager and referral officer had a meeting discussion with four released women from previous group and two released women from new released group to observe their product for the coming exhibition that hold launched by Hagar International organization in Gowharshad university. As before AWEC referral officer arranged meeting with the post released women to share her plan with women that they shall sew some new embroidery clothes for the exhibition.
AWEC conducting coordination workshop with partners for economic empowerment, rehabilitation reintegration of vulnerable women and girls
On 26 November 2019 AWEC conducting coordination workshop with partners for economic empowerment, rehabilitation reintegration of vulnerable women and girls to update handbook and enlist new organizations on it. In addition shared the handbook with organization that are listed in handbook to update the information of handbook according their new activities programs, contact number, contact person and update address for revising of handbook.
The MOU was signed with ZARDOZI NGO
On 11.20.2019. ZARDOZI is a local organization and established on 2004. Aiming to provide economic and social services to Afghan women in four provinces Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kapisa. Based on this MOU ZARDOZI organization has agreed to enrolled post released women on the vocational training classes, exhibition, receiving of small loan and other services that will be provided by the mentioned organization.
01 March 2019- 31 May 2019
Venue: Kabul and Balkh, Afghanistan
Provision of childcare services for children of inmates in the BWP. There are 24 children in the BWP living with their mothers. The childcare worker visits six days of the week, each day from 8:pm to 4:00 pm.
Training for prison staff
On June 26, 2019, there was a session called “Gender” with the participation of 40 prison staff (9 females and 31 male). The session was in prison and had a positive impact increasing participants’ understanding of the issue (from 1.73% to 9.9%0 (from 10)).On July 24, 2019, there was a session called “Rights of prisoners and detainees” with participation of 37 prison staff (13 females and 24 male). The session was in prison and had a positive impact increasing participants’ understanding of the issue (from 5.00% to 49.25% (from 50)).
At the end of May 2019, there are 18 students in “Handicraft class” while in the previous quarterly report, there were 16 students, recently 2 students have joined the class. The trainees are selected based on the criteria of their interest. The two new trainees are recently detained that’s why they have joined late. 1st March 2019 to 31ST May 2019, students of the class produced 30 dresses from which 16 has been sold and their income was 11,070 AFN. The money was distributed among the students of this class. The sale procedure as the same as the for the bag making class. These classes are held three days a week in BWP and for a duration of 3-hour long.
Provision of legal representation and advice to women and girls in Balkh Women’s Prison B.W.P and Balkh Girls JRC (BGJRC)
The defense lawyer contracted legal representation of 12 prisoners. 7 of the cases have been completed and 5 are still ongoing.The defense lawyer also provided legal advice on how to use the right to appeal during a legal procedure for justice by defendants, how to get a Legal Exemption Letter and how it helps. They also provided information on moral crimes, smuggling and its dangers, laws of Inheritance and divorce for 91 women at BWP. Deliver awareness raising sessions and training for the inmates and prison staff.
Basic Practical Education (BPE) Sewad Heyati:
The Sewad Heyati classes started on August 2018. In May 2019, there were 8 students enrolled in BPE class on the basis of their own interest and criteria of the period they are going to spend in prison. The inmates must be sentenced for more than six months for a crime to be eligible for enrollment. BPE class is scheduled 3 days a week, 3 hours long in the class room inside the BWP. They study all the subjects in the class which are taught in state schools. The teacher gives monthly exams to measure the learning level and also quarterly and yearly exams ( Charnima and Saalana exam) to promote them from one grade to a higher one in conformity with the government rules. Now our students are registered officially in to the Ministry of Education data base and have promoted to grade 6.
Vocational Training (VT) services at BWP:
The Bag making classes started on August 2018. At the end of May 2019, there are 15 active students in “bag making” classes, while at the time of the previous report, there were 14 students meaning that recently a new student has joined the “bag making” class. The bag making classes are held inside the BWP for four and half hours thrice a week on following days: Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. By the end of May 2019 students of the class produced 77 bags and . So far, the income of this class was 17,260 AFN and the money was distributed among the students of the class. The sale procedure is simple; the produced bags showcased on Mondays (visiting day of relatives of the prisoners), each bag has price tag of 350 up to 500, depending on the complexity of the design and style. The main costumer of the products are the visitors. The income generated from the produced bags are returned fully to the producers of the bags that are all the trainees.
Computer class is scheduled 2 days a week, 3-hour long in BWP. programs. The last reported number of students was nine, and one new student has joined the class so now there are ten students. The students are selected based on their interest and very basic knowledge of English that is tested orally. By the end of May 2019, the students were able to perform various computer related tasks including using windows interface, MS. Word and keyboard for typing. The skills learned by the students are measured by practical tests at the end of each week. Since the test is performed practically and not in soft manner, we will not able to provide proof and must rely on the observation report of the trainer.
There Each session of the class is 3 hours long and the class is held two days a week. Teaching material for this course includes “Let’s go” English books. The students are divided into two groups: one is engaged in Let`s Go One and the other is in Let`s Go Two.To measure the learning progress of the students, weekly quizzes are taken and the teacher makes them talk in English and practices some conversations with them. The quizzes and oral test indicate progress of the students.
Provision of medical services and monthly distribution of health and hygiene materials for Women at BWP & extra food and medical supplies for pregnant inmates: