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Since 1999, Khanzad is active in assisting and supporting female prisoners. Twice a week, members of Khanzad visit women who are held in custody in the prison of Amna suraka to offer legal and social advice. Furthermore, Khanzad aims to significantly improve women’s situation within the prisons. However, it is also important to develop life perspectives for the time after prison release. As everywhere in the world, also in Kurdistan it is the social structure of society that pushes already marginalized women towards a life in prison. The large number of women is held in custody because of issues such as prostitution or stealing. Living without a male provider, lower class women are at times pushed to make a living through for example stealing at the Bazaar. This is not to say all lower class women resort to these measures but rather that it is a structural problem of most societies.  Under certain circumstances poor women are lefts with no other options but to steal. Thus, being released from prisons women face even more marginalization and resentment from society. Here, Khanzad offers to engage in talks with women’s families or assist them in independent and self –sufficient ways of life in order to reintegrate them into society.

In 2006, Khanzad was able to also include the juvenile prisons of Sulaimaniya into its social work. Also, Khanzad works with local shelters and will start closer cooperation in May 2014 with the shelter “daldani jinani herashakrewa” to not only offer women protection from violence but also provide them with a comfortable environment which empowers these women.

 

It is further planned that Khanzad will work more intensely with foreign (mostly from asian origin) women’s workers who are mostly employed as housemaids in local Kurdish homes. Without any official rights, these women face especially hard and precarious conditions in Kurdistan. 


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