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Supporting Afghan Women

Providing shelter and legal assistance to vulnerable women in Afghanistan

Two decades of violence and conflict as well as social, political and economic exclusion have had serious and far-reaching consequences for Afghan women and girls.

Despite achievement of considerable progress since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, violence inflicted against women is still very widespread in Afghanistan.
Denmark provides extensive support to ensure women’s access to legal assistance in Afghanistan. Denmark supports, for example, an organisation in Herat that has opened a shelter for battered women as well as women who have been forced into marriage. The shelter provides women with a safe place to stay, legal assistance, medical help, negotiation with the family, counselling, and help to move on with their life. The shelter helps approx. 100 women a year, and several thousand women benefit from the organisation’s information initiatives.