Women empowerment has been at center of our efforts in Afghanistan since 2010.

About

Labour Spring Organization (LSO) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profitable welfare organization, was registered with the Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan under the registry number (1678) in 2010. LSO envisages a prosperous, educated, self-sustained society and elimination of violence against women through socio-economic empowerment initiatives, human rights awareness programmes, justice provisions and education, which enable the communities to access their basic rights in the long run. Since 2010, LSO has implemented 21 projects on promoting of  women rights and gender equality in Bamyan, Daikundi and Urozgan provinces. The projects that have been implemented include women’s shelters, embroidery training for widowed women, engaging youth in elimination of violence against women,  English and computer courses for youth (girls and boys), promote advocacy skills and capacity of Musharikat provincial VAW sub-coalition to eliminate violence against women and promote government accountability, transparency and elimination of corruption, Resilient Agriculture and Livelihood Initiatives (REALISE) and Environmental Protection and Awareness Programmes .

LSO has established itself as one of the leading national organizations working on human rights, peace and democracy, empowering women, children, youth and disenfranchised people to achieve their rights, justice, prosperity and self-esteem in Afghanistan. In 2019, LSO reached over 22,277 beneficiaries in 4 provinces of the country.

LSO is operating in 4 provinces of the country. Presently, LSO has functional offices in 3 provinces of the country include 1) Kabul, 2) Daikundi 3) Bamyan. LSO is currently working with more than 120 staff members in Afghanistan, of which 60 percent comprised female staff.

Mission

LSO is striving to protect and secure human rights of women, girls and underprivileged people to practice self-esteem, self-determination, and their actual roles in all life spheres including politics, economy, environment and culture

 

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Vision

LSO envisions a prosperous, educated and self-sustained society.

LSO’s Achievements

LSO implemented 21 projects in Daikundi, Oruzgan and Bamyan provinces in central highland region of Afghanistan, focused on different thematic areas including capacity building programs (English, Computer and handicraft courses), peace building, promoting government accountability and transparency (anti-corruption), promotion of women empowerment/ rights, environment, personnel capacity building, engaging youth in elimination of violence against women.

LSO has made great improvement in peace building through strengthening the role of civil society and political parties. LSO was the one facilitated the establishment of provincial peace council and brought several anti-government groups in the peace and reconciliation peace process.

The project activities also shows that LSO has made great achievements on women rights, peace, security, economic empowerment is described as below:

LSO has made successful reintegration of more than 1,000 cases of violence against women into their communities, who was suffering severe forms of violence through legal aid and mediation under long term LSO’s women shelter run in very remote and disadvantaged provinces of Afghanistan; namely, Daikundi and Bamyan provinces since 2014.

LSO has reached and enhanced awareness of 5000 individuals (3250 female & 1750 male) members of communities on women rights, women rights in Sharia law, gender equality, EVAW law and human rights, these have made positive changes into attitudes of a significant portion of community members towards women rights and gender equality, and favorable social norms and behavior towards women rights.

LSO achievement also include stopping child marriage in a very rural community far from center Afghanistan, where child marriage was practiced from a very long time ago. Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) Law, a book which is stored in capital city of Kabul was newly introduced to them and actually prevent child marriages in smaller communities takes more than words in a book stored in the capital city. The Directorate of Religious Department has supported this initiative.

LSO also has contributed on education and technology development through English, science, math and computer education in rural communities. LSO’s contribution made a difference in ability of rural youth to acquire required competences for admission with universities at capital cities of Afghanistan and abroad.

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