LSO Experiences in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: LSO has implemented a number of projects in gender equality and women empowerment in Afghanistan with more than USD 1.7 million since 2010. The projects include 1) operating Women Protection Center (WPC) in Bamyan and Daikundi, 2) Promote advocacy skills and capacity of Musharikat coalition to eliminate violence against women, 3) Engage youth in elimination of violence against women and 4) handicraft (embroidery) training for widowed women.
- Women Protection Center: With technical and financial support from UN Women, LSO has been implementing Women Protection Centers (WPCs) in Daikundi and Bamyan provinces, providing lifesaving and essential services to VAWG survivors, has served and successfully reintegrated more than 779 VAW survivors in to their communities and 97% of the VAW cases showed satisfactory life in follow-up visits. In 2020, LSO was able to serve more than 260 VAWG survivors, that show a significant increase in the cases compared to previous years.
- Resolved and reintegrated more than 700 cases of violence against women back to their communities/families through comprehensive legal aid, psycho-social-counseling and mediation and other appropriate services as per regulation,
- Raised awareness of more than 10,000 individuals (6,500 female & 3500 male) through public awareness programs on women rights, gender equality, EVAW law and human rights,
- LSO’s advocacy resulted in stopping child marriage in a very remote part of Daikundi province where underage marriage was practiced in the past immensely.
Accommodation: Arrangement of infrastructure with bed rooms, dining room, TV room, library, bath rooms and kitchen. To ensure the safety of the clients, the location of the building is kept confidential and only the representative of the donor and MoWA/DoWA know about its location.
Women Protection Center (WPC) offers a range of critical lifesaving services for women survivors of violence, their children and families. The WPCs are safe shelters for survivors of violence and their children that provide vital essential services. The services provided in the Women Protection Centers include 24/7 free safe shelter, legal aid, healthcare, education, vocational training, psychosocial services, family counselling, support for reintegration into a safe living situation in their families or in the community, and referral to other services.
1.Psycho-social Counseling: The psychologist is paying daily visits to the WPC, conducting weekly individual sessions and daily group sessions. Beneficiaries with critical psychological disorders are hospitalized for further care. In addition to it, LSO provides training on vision building and leadership to gain confidence and make informed decisions in their personal lives.
2. Health Care Awareness: Daily check-up is conducted with the WPC beneficiaries. Seriously ill patients are taken to the nearest health facility for proper treatment and medication. LSO has MoU with provincial hospital as well as private hospitals to provide services to WPC clients and medico-legal cases.
3. Legal Counseling: The WPC provides legal advice and legal aid; coordinate the follow up of legal cases and sometime conduction of outreach sessions along with outreach officer. In case of best interest of client, defense lawyer and social workers will provide legal assistance by counselling, and accompanying the beneficiaries to the court or use family mediation and reconciliation to solve their cases. Defence lawyer represents the cases nature to court or discusses it in family mediation and counselling to come up with a durable solution.
4. Literacy Class: While staying at the WPC, clients have access to literacy, computer and English courses, vision building, and vocational skills (handicraft and embroidery) and trainings courses in a safe environment. Clients can participate in life literacy courses including Dari & Pashto, Math, and Islamic Studies.
4. Embroidery: Different vocational trainings are held for the beneficiaries to have some potential income generating skills to become self-reliant once they leave WPCs. These vocational trainings will be conducted in collaboration with the Livelihood Resource Centre, and other livelihood opportunities existing in Daikundi and Bamyan provinces.
5.Coordination and Partnership: LSO (WPC) is working with provincial WPC Coordination Committee for services delivery to WPC clients. LSO will coordinate WPC activities, progress, challenges/ lesson learned with them through monthly WPC coordination committee meetings, inviting the committee members for help in mediation and reconciliation sessions/ process. Members of the WPC coordination committee include women rights CSOs at the province and representatives from thirteen institutions including provincial departments of Supreme Court, AGO, Ministries of Interior, Public Health, Labour and Social, Martyrs and Disabled, Education, Justice, Hajj and Religious Affairs, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan Independent Bar Association.
2. Promote advocacy skills and capacity of Musharikat provincial VAW sub-coalition to eliminate violence against women. The project aims to increase women rights support among society through increased advocacy capacity and skills and improved implementation of EVAW Law. The project success story can be found here: https://www.musharikat.com/success_history/docs/dR3Sg3XP2nrG.pdf.
- The project has increased advocacy skills and capacity of 388- 204 male & 184 female (95 CSOs & 293 individual activists) to eliminate violence against women in Daikundi province.
- The project has contributed to implementation of EVAW law through advocacy efforts with Hajj and Religious Departments on ending child marriage in Daikundi province,
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