EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Promote the health and wellbeing of women, and address the root causes of violence against women and girls and ensure that every woman is safe to thrive in her community.
The story of Afghan women is one of resistance and resilience, set upon a backdrop of 42 years of violent conflict. Multiple generations of Afghan women have intimately known the debilitating war, watching before their eyes the stripping of their most fundamental rights. Where women should have known choice, opportunity, and liberation, the war brings devastation. Their economic rights and livelihoods, mobility and right to freedom of movement, and their mental and physical integrity are repeatedly up for negotiation. Afghanistan is repeatedly deemed the worst country to live in as a woman.
Afghanistan Libre is committed to repairing harms to women who have survived these gross violations to their rights. Through integrated programming that addresses the psychological trauma, economic suppression, and health inequalities that women face, Afghanistan Libre seeks to provide restitution and rehabilitation to the most vulnerable.
Our approach is built on the fundamental understanding that community structures play a central role in women’s mobility and experience of rights, and that for women to rebuild their lives they must have the guarantee of safety. Thus, reparations to women must go beyond addressing the immediate consequences of violence and address the structural inequalities that negatively shape women’s and girls’ lives. With this transformative guarantee, women may then rehabilitate psychosocially and realize their economic potentials and sustain economic-wellbeing in their contexts.
Our actions for the autonomisation of women reflect this commitment and always lead with the furthest left behind, which is why many of our projects are geared towards survivors of contemporary forms of slavery and gender based violence.