War erodes a country’s ability to bring criminals to justice.
Sexual violence, emotional abuse and family abandonment can be commonplace both during and after armed conflict. War Child's access to justice programming has reached over 500,000 people since 2011.Read the stories
War erodes a country’s ability to bring criminals to justice, and mothers and children are left most vulnerable. Sexual violence, emotional abuse and family abandonment are commonplace long after the guns fall silent. Those who a commit these crimes avoid justice too easily. Their victims remain terrified of further attack. War Child is supporting women and children by working directly with local justice organizations. We are helping to rebuild legal structures, providing access to free legal counsel and making sure judges, police and communities understand the meaning of rights. Our programs are making a free pass for abusers a thing of the past.
As a registered law firm in Afghanistan and Uganda, War Child addresses the lack of legal protection for women and children survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Services include: legal counselling, alternate dispute resolution and mediation, court representation in civil or criminal cases and mobile legal aid support specifically for refugees.
In Afghanistan, the program also helps women who have been imprisoned for ‘moral crimes’, including running away from domestic violence or forced marriage, offering legal representation and helping them transition back into their community. War Child is one of the largest legal aid providers in the country.
War Child works to train and increase the capacity of justice and legal actors to protect women and children and to ensure that their rights are understood, respected and enforced. As a result, these individuals are increasingly aware of rights and duties surrounding SGBV. War Child has trained over 2,000 professionals, including police, health care workers, probation officers, lawyers and local council members.
War Child carries out community outreach, including open-air sessions, community dialogues, and the distribution of informal materials on women and children’s rights. As the radio is a widely used tool for communication in the countries where we work, War Child broadcasts public service announcements about our work and holds legal panel discussions with technical experts. As a result, tens of thousands of people have been educated on women and children’s rights.Donate
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The generosity of our donors allows War Child to continue protecting children and providing war-affected communities with educational, vocational and legal resources. We thank you in advance for your support.Donate