Afghan Womens Justice Project – Providing human treatment and legal defense for Afghan Women and Children

Via Scoop.itToday’s Transmedia Woman

Imagine being sent to prison for leaving your home without your husband’s permission, refusing to marry your rapist or running away from an abusive husband with your child, then being sent to prison for kidnapping—with your child.   Today, the US State Department confirms 920 women, 760 girls between the age of 12 and 17, and 291 children are currently behind bars in Afghanistan. 95% are convicted of “moral crimes.”   In Afghanistan, an ancient code of Islamic honor called Shuria, proclaims any two men can accuse a woman of a crime. Case closed. No burden of proof or defense. A group of male elders, the local jirga, serves as jury and judge. The accused and her children are unquestionably shamed by the entire community and sentenced to prison—or death.   The fall of the Taliban initiated new political, legal and educational freedoms for women in Afghanistan, but centuries of patrilineal tradition can’t be eradicated by bombs or in one decade. Billions of dollars have been spent on military efforts and infrastructure building, yet Afghan women lack the most basic equal rights. Last year, President Karzai signed the “Shia Personal Status Law”, requiring women to ask permission before leaving their homes.   Afghan women still have the highest maternal mortality rate. (1 in 7) 82% are illiterate90% are subjected to domestic abuse70% of all marriages are forced with 60% of brides under 16, some as young as 6.   Women are considered the property of fathers, husbands and brothers—often abused, traded and enslaved to repay family debt and even forced to commit self-immolation – or setting themselves on fire. Learn why Marie Claire Magazine partnered with AWJP to help these women and children.   SIGN THE PETITION! Our Mission: To demand and provide humane treatment and legal defense for Afghan women and children incarcerated for the gender-based inequality and injustice. Our Method: Funding defense attorneys, literacy teachers and medical services for the imprisoned women and children in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.   Our Goal: Working with the US and Afghan Justice Departments to implement change and support culturally-appropriate alternatives to incarceration for “moral crimes” such as parole and work-based vocational training programs for accused women.


2 thoughts on “Afghan Womens Justice Project – Providing human treatment and legal defense for Afghan Women and Children

  1. I have written previously about how women are treated in the Islamic world, and especially in Saudi Arabia. However, the subject has come up just recently in a report from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, purporting that a Saudi judge gave his blessings for a man to slap his wife if she spends money wastefully. Such declarations from a Saudi judge carry a lot of weight and are generally respected by the Saudi men. By the way, this judge did not say that if the husband spends the money in this manner that the wife has also the right to slap him.

  2. Pingback: UNO Afghanistan Teacher Education Project Trains Women Educators from the Embattled Nation « Leo Adam Biga's Blog

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