• Womankind Worldwide: Creating new spaces - women's experiences of political participation in communities, March 2016

    Just 22% of politicians in the world are women – perhaps not surprising when millions of women worldwide are excluded from having a voice in their own homes and communities. Womankind Worldwide's research shows that women globally face many obstacles to public participation, such as strong cultural traditions, low literacy and lack of economic empowerment. But women’s groups and women-only safe spaces in countries like Zimbabwe, Nepal, Ghana and Afghanistan are helping to change this. They are providing a forum for women to gain the confidence and skills to become community leaders and even run for elected office.

    PDF icon WKW creating-new-spaces-political-participation.pdf, PDF icon WKW creating-new-spaces-afghanistan-country-report.pdf
  • AWN: Where are Afghan women heading?, March 2016

    The Afghan Women's Network, a leading group of women's rights and gender-based violence activists, has prepared this briefing paper to mark International Women's Day. Highlighting the continued challenges faced by Afghan women and girls, they present their recommendations in the fields of peace, education, livelihoods and governance. The paper will also be used in the United Nations annual Commission on the Status of Women's 60th Session in New York.

    PDF icon AWN Policy Brief- CSW.docx- Mar2016.pdf
  • ODI: Mobilising around Afghanistan's Elimination of Violence Against Women law, February 2016

    As part of an international ODI study on women in politics, this report asks two central questions: (i) what are the enabling factors for women’s voice, leadership and access to decision-making in Afghan political processes? And (ii) what do we know about whether and how women’s voice, leadership and presence in decision-making roles within these processes actually result in greater gender equality for Afghan women? Exploring in particular the political processes and relationships that have determined the course of the EVAW law to date, the study makes several observations regarding women’s greater influence over broader political processes; changes to their voice, leadership and access to decision-making; and donor involvement in political processes over the past decade.

    PDF icon ODI Women & power Afghanistan EVAW Feb16.pdf
  • AREU: The other side of gender inequality - Men & masculinities in Afghanistan, January 2016

    As raised in our own Getting it Right gender event/report, failure to understand masculinity and male perceptions is likely to undermine gender-focused programme approaches in Afghanistan. This new study by Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit argues that even though masculinity is a significant gender studies issue, the term “gender” for Afghans is connected almost exclusively with women, leading to men’s resistance towards messages interpreted solely as “women’s issues”.The aim for this research is to explain how men’s attitudes, perceptions and actions are influenced by socio-culturally constructed ideas of manhood, and how these factors further affect the interaction between men and women in Afghan communities. The paper strives to address the issues connecting the notions of “manhood” to violence against women, as well as the degree in which men tend to claim the “control” over women’s life and their decisions. 

    PDF icon AREU The Other Side of Gender Inequality- Men and Masculinities in Afghanistan.pdf
  • Paywand Afghanan Association: Afghan Women Penal System, Dec. 2015

    The report examines issues within the woman's penal system in Afghanistan.  Some of the many issues discussed in the report include the barriers female prisoners face in having a fair trial or accessing and using their basic legal rights. Woman prisoners deal with corruption from government provided defence lawyers, prison officials and within the court system. The report found that because they are poorly paid, many government-provided defence lawyers do not take their cases seriously. The report also notes that because a majority of these lawyers are men, many women have difficulty discussing their cases openly, mainly due to cultural taboos. Female prisoners and their children do have sufficient access to psychological, social and educational support or healthcare, noted the report. Among the other issues noted in the report, women and their children serve sentences inside prisons and detention centres that were designed for men.  The report also states that many female prisoners after leaving prison find it extremely difficult to reintegrate back into society. The report states that the problems faced by female prisoners inside prisons and centres, as well as the issue of their re-entry into society after their incarceration are rarely discussed in the media, civil society, or at the government level.

    PDF icon The-Afghan-Women-Penal-System_PAA-Research-Report.pdf
  • Medica Afghanistan: In Memory of our Sisters, November 2015

    Medica Afghanistan is a local NGO fighting on behalf of the victims of gender-based violence in Afghanistan, offering psychosocial counselling and legal services, and advocating for justice, equality and elimination of violence against women. Their report was written from a desire to make heard the voices of victims of violence, highlighting the 28% increase in violence against women reported by the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The report presents 80 short studies based on cases Medica Afghanistan's lawyers and counsellors have worked on, from 2008-2014. It also presents expert opinions from the legal and pyschosocial perspectives of the affects of VAWG in Afghanistan.   

    PDF icon Medica Afg In Memory of Our Sisters.pdf
  • UN Women: Report on UNSCR1325, October 2015

    In 2000, the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security—the first resolution to link women’s experiences of conflict to international peace and security. In October 2015 in New York, the Security Council convened a High-level Review to assess 15 years of progress, informed by this Global Study, "Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace." Afghanistan features prominently as a country which has struggled to implement the resolution, but seen some progress.At the launch of the report Member States made concrete, financial commitments to fund the Study's recommendations.

    PDF icon UNW-GLOBAL-STUDY-1325-2015.pdf
  • Oxfam: Women, Peace and Security - Keeping the promise, September 2015

    In 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 to uphold women’s rights in conflict and their roles in peace and security. Despite signs of progress, the impact on women’s lives and roles worldwide has been sporadic. This briefing argues that 15 years on, the UN and Member States should use a formal review of the Women, Peace and Security agenda as a crucial opportunity to address key gaps. New commitments should focus on women’s participation, preventing conflict and gender-based violence, monitoring and implementation, and financing. 

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  • BAAG: Policy position papers on Women's Rights, July 2015

    Following the General Election in May 2015, BAAG and its members prepared a briefing pack for MPs and ministers.  These covered the themes of Governance, Human Rights, Service Delivery, Women's Rights and Humanitarian.  They each present an overview of the progress and remaining challenges in each area, and priority recommendations for the British government to consider in its support to Afghanistan. For Women's Rights, BAAG partnered with GAPS UK (Gender Action for Peace & Security) and prepared a more detailed set of specific recommendations to Ministers than the more general contextual setting provided to MPs. 

    PDF icon Womens rights position paper 24 July 2015 - MPs.pdf, PDF icon Womens rights position paper 28 July 2015 - Ministers.pdf
  • Amnesty International: Their Lives on the Line, April 2015

    Amnesty International UK report on the persecution, discrimination, intimidation and violence experienced by female human rights defenders in Afghanistan.  Using interviews and case studies, the findings are troubling. Cultural, religious and social norms are at the root of the various kinds of abuse experienced by various rights defenders, such as women in the police force, judiciary, NGOs, international organisations, journalism etc. As such, challenging those entrenched patriarchal patterns is central to the struggle to ensure that women and girls in Afghanistan are able to exercise their rights in full. The case studies in this report illustrate the range of violence women human rights defenders are confronted with on a daily basis.

    PDF icon Amnesty Intl Their Lives on the Line Apr15.pdf
  • UNAMA: Justice through the Eyes of Afghan Women, April 2015

    UNAMA and UNOHCHR jointly report on the reality for Afghan women seeking redress for violent crimes against them. Exploring the cases of 110 women, they find that 65% women opt, or are forced, to use mediation services rather than the criminal prosecution service.  Reasons for this include lack of trust in the latter and concerns over household income if a perpetrator is imprisoned. In at least 6 mediation cases, the women were excluded from the sessions, raising human rights concerns.  And in over 50% of mediation cases, the perpetrators failed to honour the agreement, and in some cases reoffended. The report presents various recommendations to the Afghan government and the international community, including accreditation and regulatory frameworks for mediators and providing women with additional civil remedies such as restraint & protection orders. 

    PDF icon Justice_through_eyes_of_Afghan_women_UNAMA OHCRH.pdf
  • EPD: Afghanistan Gender Equality Report Card, March 2015

    Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) launches its 88-page report entitled the “Afghanistan Gender Equality Report Card”. The report evaluates the outcome of the Afghan government's commitments to women and gender equality. It assesses both progress and shortcomings in pledges made in a number of thematic areas from the perspectives of Afghan women, according to a survey completed with 154 members of EPD’s Provincial Women’s Network (PWN) in five provinces of Afghanistan, combined with desk research and stakeholder interviews.EPD hopes the annual updating of the report will enable civil society, the international community and the media to monitor the status of gender equality in Afghanistan and hold the government accountable for its commitments. 

    PDF icon Gender Equality Report Card Mar15.pdf
  • NRC: Listening to women & girls displaced to urban Afghanistan, March 2015

    The findings of this report, by Norwegian Refugee Council and The Liaison Office, confound the common assumption that urban women and girls should be more able – in a supposedly more secure and progressive urban environment with a concentration of service providers – to access services and employment and social opportunities than prior to their displacement. This research found the opposite, showing that displacement places women and children at disproportionate risk, living with fewer freedoms and opportunities than those they enjoyed in their natal villages or when living in Pakistan or Iran. The report presents findings of research in three informal settlements in Jalalabad, Kabul and Kandahar.

    PDF icon NRC - displaced women & girls Mar15.pdf
  • BAAG: Fulfilling Afghan Futures - civil society priorities post-2014, March 2015

    On 3rd December 2014, BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference, the civil society associated event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. 250 attendees, including 53 Afghan civil society representatives, discussed development and rights priorities & recommendations for the new Afghan government and international donors.  This report captures the messages of that day, along with those from preliminary discussions and various position papers prepared by Afghan and international civil society. It aims to disseminate Afghan-focused development and humanitarian expertise to an international audience of practitioners, policy makers and donors and inform both future national and international policy related to Afghanistan and future civil society programming and initiatives.

    PDF icon BAAG_Ayenda Fulfilling Afghan Futures Mar15.pdf
  • AHRDO: Women in the Eyes of Men, February 2015

    The Afghanistan Human Rights & Democracy Organisation (AHRDO) interviewed 3,900 people across 5 provinces to investigate male perceptions of women. This research is essential if the Afghan government, civil society and international community are to develop programmes and support in ways that are favourable to women's enduring empowerment and development.The findings were generally discouraging, with men's 'attitudinal and behavioural orientations... characterised by parochialism, suspicion, violence and control,' commented AHRDO Executive Director Khudadad Bsharat in the press release. Dari versions of this report and press release are also in the Reports in Dari section. 

    PDF icon AHRDO Feb 15 Women in the Eyes of Men ENGLISH.pdf, PDF icon AHRDO Press Release - English Final.pdf