Every child has the right to grow up in a safe environment.
Free a Girl campaigns for a world free of the sexual exploitation of children. They rescue girls who are imprisoned in brothels and give them back their freedom. They focus on the worst forms of sexual exploitation, such as Indian brothels frequented only by local men, dance bars in Nepal, and Brazilian favelas where thousands of girls are abused.
Free a Girl was active in six countries in 2019. They work through local rescue organizations that cooperate with the police, and the rescued girls are cared for in shelters. The care they receive ranges from medical and psychological assistance to education and vocational training. In addition, the partners of Free a Girl provide legal support and prepare the girls for their return home. If the latter proves impossible, they are helped to return to society and build an independent life.
Free a Girl also invests in prevention schemes, by informing boys and men about gender equality and issues such as sexual violence. In addition, Free a Girl invests in education to prevent girls from falling victim to sexual exploitation, and to reintegrate them into society.
Free a Girl tackles impunity. In the countries where they work, few perpetrators are convicted for the suffering they cause. This is changing, thanks to Free a Girl’s campaigning. The victims play a central role in our campaigns. After training in law, sociology or journalism, or as a police officer or social worker, the girls speak out and make the difference themselves.
One of the projects Fred Foundation supports is The School for Justice in Mumbai India. It is both a physical school and an educational program for girls of all levels of education, offering support, education and advice. The girls rescued from forced prostitution are trained as lawyers, prosecutors, police, journalists, legal assistants or social workers. In this way, the girls become a driving force for change and they themselves will be able to change the system of impunity.