We first began working with Afghan women in refugee camps in Pakistan and established our Kabul field office right after the Taliban fell in 2001. We now work to increase access to justice for poor and marginalized people and promote women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Through our initiative, our local partners have a strengthened and improved understanding of human rights law and use the justice system, setting precedent, protecting rights and promoting the rule of law. Our work includes:
The Young Lawyers-in-Training Program (YLTP) that provides intensive training in Afghan civil, criminal, and international human rights law for students in Kabul University’s law faculty and the law and Shar’ia faculties at Al-Biruni, Nangarhar, Herat and Mazar universities.
The Legal Fellowship Project (LFP) places promising young YLTP graduates in government ministries and local human rights and justice-related nongovernmental organizations. Fellows strengthen their legal and advocacy skills through practical work experience as human rights lawyers. We also counsel and take a hands-on approach with our local partners as they establish Legal Advice Bureaus (LABs) at the courts where lawyers will assist clients finding and completing the appropriate forms to register their cases, provide basic advice on simple family law matters, and, if necessary, refer them to attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal assistance.
In the first program of its kind in Afghanistan, Global Rights is also working to increase access to justice for Kabul family court clients through our Family Law Clinical Training Program (FLC). Its goal? Legal services for poor and marginalized populations—particularly women—so that they can understand and assert their rights in family court cases involving issues such as forced marriage, domestic violence, and child custody.
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