Afghanistan continues to be one of the toughest places in the world to be a child. Progress in child protection lags far behind in comparison to other sectors such as education or health. Children regularly become victims of the armed conflict and continue to be recruited into armed forces or groups. Millions of children are forced to work, often in hazardous circumstances, to contribute to their families’ survival, shattering any opportunities for healthy development.
Girls’ rights are continuously violated by harmful traditional practices that lead to abuse and exploitation. Children are being deprived of liberty in inadequate juvenile detention centers with little access to legal or social services. Girls are being imprisoned for running away from rape, physical abuse or forced marriage. Physical and humiliating punishment remains a common practice in schools and homes, with no legal framework in place to protect victims. Children with disabilities are even more vulnerable to physical, psychological and other forms of cruel or degrading punishment.
What we do
Our aim is to protect children from exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. We focus on addressing child rights violations, working to reduce the number of children involved in harmful child labor, improve access to protective environments, provide social workers to support families and children, support youth and families by offering vocational training programs, work closely with the government to advocate for systematic and sustainable changes, build the capacity of families, communities and government staff, and support the effectiveness and functionality of the national Child Protection Action Networks. We are actively engaged with religious leaders, village elders, families, governments and communities to change behaviors and attitudes towards children so that their rights are observed and respected.