• Chatham House: Leaving them to it? Women's rights in transitioning Afghanistan, May 2014

    As part of Chatham House's Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis programme, Torunn Wimpleman looks at the state of women's rights activism and programming.  Amongst other points she raises the need for greater programmatic focus on masculinity and the roles of men and boys, and the dangers of short-termist programmes by large NGOs at the loss of long-term community-led behavioural change programmes by small local organistaions.  

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  • Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers, May 2014

    2014 sees Afghanistan rising to 146/178 countries in terms of it's maternal health and support - this is a huge improvement on it's bottom ranking in both 2010 and 2011.  Save the Children's report highlights the plight of maternal healthcare in conflict-affected countries and reports on how Afghanistan looks set to achieve the Millenium Development Goal on maternal health. 

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  • Afghanistan Watch: Women and Political Power in Afghanistan, March 2014

    Ahead of the 2014 Presidential elections, Afghanistan Watch presents a short fact sheet outlining current and past opportunities for Afghan women in politics.  Whilst a significant number of women hold positions in the political and judicial systems, they comment that their decision making capabilities are restricted, and that women's participation is merely 'symbolic'.   Moreover, some recent decisions could hint at possible reversal of progress made in the past decade. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan Watch Women and Political Power.pdf
  • BAAG: Understanding Gender Programming & Issues in Afghanistan, March 2014

    BAAG's briefing paper was drafted ahead of our Getting it Right Gender Conference, held in London on March 26th & 27th.  It summarises key points raised during BAAG's earlier gender programme activities, including discussions by 4 leading Gender specialists on programme successes and challenges (held in May 2013) and points raised  during a week of discussions on violence against women & girls (VAWG) by 3 leading Afghan women's rights activitists (held in July 2013).The paper includes comments on the increased need for men and boys to be included in women's rights programming, the need for experienced and specialist staff to design and run gender programmes and the dangers of inconsistent gender policies within the donor community. 

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  • APPRO: Implementation of the National Action Plan for Women in Afghanistan, March 2014

    This assessment by APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation), commissioned by Oxfam GB, ActionAid and the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan, investigates the gains made since implementation of the NAPWA in 2008.  Specifically it looks at pillars 2 and 3 of the NAPWA - access to justice under pillar 2 and access to education, healthcare and work under pillar 3.  Whilst the report finds little has improved in women's access to justice in the last 5 years, there is now increased access to health, education and work.  However, where quantity may have improved, quality remains a serious issue and deterrent to the full uptake of these services. 

    PDF icon APPRO Implementation of the NAPWA Assessment Mar2014.pdf
  • Afghanistan Watch: Women in 2014 Transition, February 2014

    Afghanistan Watch's report summarises the findings of a series of regional conferences held in late 2013 to explore and encourage the political mobilization of Afghan women. Four main issues were discussed during the conferences: reconciliation with the Taliban, the presidential election, security and economic transitions. The report is based on the views of around 600 women who participated in seven regional conferences. Recommendations include requests to the government and the Independent Election Commission to establish initiatives encouraging the participation of women in the election; civil society organizations should exert pressure on the presidential candidates and candidates for the provincial councils to prioritize issues of women in their platforms and policies and to provide clear programs for improving the conditions of women; women's rights activists should establishing networks with women in leadership and policy-making positions to tackle issues concering reconciliation with the Taliban.

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  • Government of Afghanistan: First report on the implementation of the EVAW law in Afghanistan, January 2014

    Following the legislative decree of 2009, the Afghan government is committed to fully implementing the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law.  This report reflects the progress of the various ministries involved in such implementation, highlighting successes and challenges remaining. 

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  • ENNA: Letter to NATO Secretary General, October 2013

    ENNA - the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan, of which BAAG is a member - submitted a letter on behalf of its members to Anders Fogh Rasmussen ahead of NATO’s Defence Ministers’ Meeting on the 22-23 October 2013.  The letter called upon NATO to uphold women's rights and participation in matters of Afghan security and peace building, along with requests for improved mechanisms to hold the Afghan National Security Forces accountable for their actions.  ENNA and BAAG members also forwarded the letter to Defense Ministers in their own governments.  Read the full letter here.  

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  • NATO: Secretary General's response to ENNA letter, October 2013

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen responded positively to the letter submitted by ENNA - the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan, of which BAAG is a member - ahead of NATO’s Defence Ministers’ Meeting on the 22-23 October 2013.  NATO's commitment to ensuring Afghan National Security Forces uphold women's rights and participate in security is explained, as is their commitment to the elimination of civilian casualties and transparent accountability mechanisms in cases of these.  Read the full letter here. 

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  • Oxfam: Women and the Afghan Police, September 2013

    Twelve years after the fall of the Taliban, violence against women is on the increase. But millions of Afghan women will never see a female police officer in their communities, let alone be able to report a crime to one, with just one female police officer for every 10,000 women. Even where they are recruited, policewomen face serious challenges including discrimination, lack of training and facilities, sexual harassment, as well as social stigma.This report makes specific recommendations to the Afghan Government, but also makes suggestions to the UK as a donor to intensify efforts to reform the ANP and enhance women’s roles.  

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  • UNDP: Critical areas, functions, gaps & ongoing work of the EVAW Units, August 2013

    UNDP assessed the current functioning of the EVAW (eliminating violence against women) units in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat and Jalalabad. The respective strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the operation of each of the units was considered, along with priorities for change, and the standard of change which may be reasonably expected within a one to two year time frame of appropriate assistance.  Poor performance of the units so far lead to recommendations including the need for more robust management systems within the units, addressing critical resource shortages and improving staff training practices. 

    PDF icon UNDP REPORT - EVAW units 2013.pdf
  • AIHRC: National Inquiry Report on Factors & causes of Rape & Honor Killing in Afghanistan, 2013

    High numbers of recorded honor killing and rape, occurring across the country, led the AIHRC to launch a National Inquiry Program into the factors and causes of this phenomenon.   The programme and report aim to assess the situation of victims and those at risk, raise public awareness and sensitivity against these phenomena,  hold to account the government for the implementation of adequate programs, and through recommendations, to bring changes in the laws and policies and prioritize the fight against such issues. Covering a period  across 1390-1392 (2011-13), 127 of the reported 406 honour killings and rape were investigated for the NIP. These were discussed  with a population of over 2,000 people, including representatives from the government, civil society organizations, judicial organisations, the media, associations, provincial councils, officials of shelters and dignitaries, and in joint focus group and public hearings meetings. Likewise, during this program, 136 suspects, offenders, victims, witnesses and family members of victims were interviewed.  

    PDF icon AIHRC Rape and honour killing Spring 1392.pdf
  • US Department of Defence: Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan, April 2011

    The Defence Department 'Report on Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan: United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces'.  This is an update to a regular series of reports begun in June 2008. 

    PDF icon US DoD Report Progress Security and Stability Apr2011.pdf