I am in Kabul to celebrate Global Rights' ten year anniversary in Afghanistan. Saturday I walked into our event to be welcomed by a sea of young men and women in caps and gowns. They were graduating from our Young Lawyers in Training (YLTP) and Family Law Clinical Training (FLC) programs from Al Biruni, Nangarhar and Kabul Universities in Law and Shar'ia. Their excitement was contagious.
|Female YLTP & FLC Graduates|
We were honored that many of the law school deans and faculty joined us, as well as government ministers, members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors, our Human Rights Legal Practitioners who help train our students, leading human and women's rights advocates and our strong US and international supporters. All in all there were 800 people who celebrated our 10th Anniversary with us!
More than 2,000 young people have graduated from YLTP and FLC over the ten years. To date, we have placed 236 Legal Fellows (138 females and 98 males). The Legal Advice Bureau has assisted 3,700 individuals.
The statistics are impressive, but our work has such a ripple effect. What I heard from our distinguished speakers again and again is how important rule of law is to a stable Afghanistan. They highlighted Global Rights role in that critical process. Our work provides the next generation of lawyers with practical legal education that addresses human rights and the established Legal Advice Bureaus provide legal assistance for the most poor and marginalized, especially women.
|Global Rights' Board Chair, J. Stuart Lemle; U.S. BG Dixie |
Morrow; Global Rights Afghanistan Director, Justine Mbabazi;
& Global Rights' partner, Suraya Pakzad
|Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education|
I wish I could convey all of the inspiring words that were spoken on Saturday. Despite the violence that continues to plague parts of the country, the day's event filled us all with hope for the future of Afghanistan and the courage to continue Global Rights' work.
I want to express my deepest thank you to all of those who participated in our 10th Anniversary celebration, our dedicated staff and to all who have supported us over the years. We are grateful and proud of what we have done together and what is possible in the future.
Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth