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Fatima Program

 

 Fatima Program’s Poster – A lonely girls is thinking of her future and also Sohayla Ghadiri, the executed girl, is shown.


     “Fatima” is a program designed by IAPSRS aiming at considering the problem of girls who run away from home, the causes in the society, and also preventive strategies relevant to the issue to make home a safe place full of affection and love for all children in our world. This program aims at supporting helpless homeless women and girls having run away from home for many reasons whatsoever and will discuss this widespread issue by holding a number of university congresses.
     The issue of girls running away from home: On the first days (hours), girls, running away from their homes is considered as a distortion, but when these girls are- after a few hours away from home- involved in social corruptions, this will be classified as a social corruption. Analyzing the issue of runaway girls and considering measures to control, reduce and resolve the factors involved can successfully lead the society toward reaching stability and health besides leading the young generations to establish appropriate healthy relationships.
     Almost all runaway girls have, by a parent or another family member, at least experienced one of the harassing behavior of thrashing, insulting, over control, imprisoning, ridiculing, and sexual abuse. Most of girls are frightened of going back home, they mention being thrashed, insulted and humiliated by their family, especially fathers and brothers as the cause of their homelessness. The issue to be discussed here is the numerous legal shortages for defending the rights of women and girls being harassed and abused at home.
     The mentionable example which two years ago appealed the public attention as a victim of runaway girls issue was “Sohayla Ghadiri”; she was one example among thousands of others. A 15-year-old girl who, due to different reasons such as her father’s harassments and an emotional relationship, runs away from home while society “helps” her to have her most horrible experiences, and bitter experiences bring along a bitter end; 5 days after her child’s birth, being affected by the mentality given to her by society: “You are a sinner, your child is a child of sin, too. And…” Sohayla kills her 5-year-old child and is sentenced to death by hanging at the age of 30. After so many dark days and nights, she was executed by the order of the law; society offered her the last humanitarian resort… End of Sohayla’s life became the beginning of our program, starting in Fatima. The program which, by performing an academic study on the issue of running away home, is seeking to thoroughly resolve this issue; a day when there would be no runaway girl in our society to bear the horsewhip wounds of blaming eyes on them…

 

 Sharmin Meymandinejad, the founder of IAPSRS, is giving his speech at the first Fatima conference 2009

     The Fatima program seeks to change the view of the society over girls who run away from home, by analyzing reasons, consequences and preventive strategies for the issue. By publicizing through series of congresses being held at universities and welfare centers, we seek to lead the society toward understanding that these girls are the victim s of poverty and corruption (culturally and financially) in society, not its elements.
     Considering the emphasis that society has on the foundation of family, those who, for any reasons whatsoever, cannot tolerate their situation at home and therefore leave, will be banished by society. The Fatima program, by emphasizing on the pure souls of these girls, we accept them as members of society and will stand with them through solving numerous issues they are facing. Along educating the public, there will be a number of congresses and seminars with experts participating to present researches and studies regarding the issue.