Women

  • Pushing the envelope: Creating successful and inclusive women’s rights programming in Afghanistan – what is possible and how?

    This paper looks at the experiences of delivering the three-year European Union-funded project called 'Strengthening women’s role in peace' (2016–2019). The project  made significant progress on issues related to women’s participation and protection by adopting a considered, conflict-sensitive approach to engagement based on a thorough and nuanced understanding of the actors who are able to influence a project's activities and participants. International Alert and the Peace Training and Research Organisation (PTRO) look back at their experience of delivering this work and highlight key points that shed light on the methods and approaches that can be used in similar programming in the future.

    PDF icon WomensRightsProgrammingPossibilities_2018.pdf
  • Farkunda Trust - Statement and AGM Report 2018

    The Farkunda Trust seeks to support young women to excel academically and professionally so they may become financially independant and inspire young women to pursue higher education. Systematic discrimination restricts women’s access to education: the Farkhunda Trust aims to create safe spaces for Afghan women to pursue their education. The selection criteria for the scholarships will specifically target academically talented girls who have struggled with violence or have financial difficulties. To find out more about the Farkunda Trust there are two key documents published in December 2018. The Farkunda Trust Annual General Meeting and Statement on Female Higher Education can be found attached. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact BAAG at info@baag.org.uk or The Farkunda Trust on info@farkhundatrust.org. 

    PDF icon AGM Final Edited Report 6-11-18.pdf, PDF icon FT Statement on Female Higher Education.pdf
  • Reiterating Voices from Afghan Women – from BCA to GCA

    AWN position paper ahead of the GCA.

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  • The Cycle of Struggle - written by Barin Sultani Haymon

    The Cycle of Struggle, A Human Security Perspective on Afghanistan's IDP Women presents and reflects on the perspectives of a cross-section of internally displaced women to promote the inclusion of this group in the ongoing discourse around IDPs.  The report endeavours to provide an avenue for IDP women to influence policies and programming by drawing attention to their needs. The author, Barin Haymon is an independant researcher whose work has primarily focused on Afghanistan, dealing with migration, security, social and economic issues. 

    PDF icon The Cycle of Struggle - A Human Security Perspective on Afghanistan's IDP Women.pdf
  • DFID Strategic Vision for Gender Equality: A Call to Action for Her Potential, Our Future

    This Government’s Manifesto commits us to empowering women and girls around the world: working to end the subjugation and mutilation of women; promoting girls’ education; and tackling sexual violence in conflict.

    PDF icon Strategic-vision-gender-equality.pdf
  • Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: Afghanistan Report

    This report details the findings from consultations in Afghanistan which focused on key women, peace and security themes: women’s participation, violence against women, and institutions, security, and legal frameworks protecting women’s rights. Consultations informed the development of a new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP) and support further engagement with national civil society by the UK.

    PDF icon Afghanistan NAP Consultations report.pdf
  • UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security 2018-2022

    The UK NAP is jointly owned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for International Development (DFID), supported by the Stabilisation Unit. It was produced in collaboration with civil society and academics including the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) network of UK-based NGOs and the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and following in-country civil society consultations in Afghanistan, Burma, Somalia and Syria to ensure the voices of women in fragile and conflict-affected states were included.

    PDF icon FCO1215-NAP-Women-Peace-Security-ONLINE_V2.pdf
  • OXFAM: Women, Peace, Security & Justice in Afghanistan after Brussels & Warsaw, February 2017

    While last year's international conferences were important to confirm sustained international support to Afghanistan, there is a serious gap between international political rhetoric and progress on the ground. Afghan women continue to face huge challenges and the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security seems to have stalled. Structural barriers continue to prevent security, peace building and justice processes from becoming more inclusive.

    PDF icon Bayan_WPSJ_Discussion_Paper.pdf
  • WRN: Afghanistan's internally displaced women - complex realities, September 2016

    The Women's Regional Network documented the everyday realities of internally displaced Afghan women, as they cope with disrupted livelihoods, divided families and destroyed homesteads. WRN conducted a study among the IDP population in Kabul. Conversations with the IDP population reveals several shortfalls in the National Policy with regards to addressing the needs of longterm IDPs in Kabul. Their report highlights issues such as child labour, health and hygiene, and rights violations.  This report contains recommendations, as does the attached recommendations specific to the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. 

    PDF icon WRN_Internally displaced womenSEPT2016_web.pdf, PDF icon WRN Afghanistan document for Brussels on IDP women.pdf
  • AWN: Voices from Afghan Women, September 2016

    This position paper for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 2016) shares the voices of women from 21 provinces. Consulted by Afghan Women's Network, these are their views on the current situation of Afghan women, the existing issues and their calls and recommendations both for the Afghan government and international community beyond the Conference on Afghanistan.

    PDF icon AWN BCA PP Afghan Women Voices Sept16.pdf
  • APPRO: Localization of NAP 1325, June 2016

    The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), adopted on October 31, 2000, is aimed at addressing the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. The Government of Afghanistan launched its National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 in July of 2015, aimed at meeting two broad objectives, namely gender balancing and gender mainstreaming. Gender balancing emphasizes the importance of equal rights of men and women to participate in peace and security processes and leadership. Gender mainstreaming draws attention to the fact that rules, regulations and policies have different impacts men and women, with women faring worse than men.This report provides an update on the conditions of women vis-à-vis NAP 1325 in 15 provinces.

    File APPRO Localization of NAP 1325.docx
  • AREU: A closer look at men & masculinities, May 2016

    Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit (AREU) continue their exploration of masculinity with this short briefing and set of policy and programmatic recommendations. With rigid concepts of masculinity in Afghanistan, this paper considers the impact this has not only on women's equality but also on the mental health of men. 

    PDF icon AREU A CLOSER LOOK AT MEN AND “MASCULINITIES” THEIR PROACTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO GENDER EQUALITY.pdf
  • AJSC: The Reporting Heroes - a study on the condition of Afghan female journalists, March 2016

    The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee report on the dangers and prejudices faced by female Afghan journalists.  69% stated they experienced sexual harrasment within their workplace, from their male colleagues. Additionally they faced disapproval from family members and real danger to their lives from extremist groups or individuals. 

    PDF icon women-in-media-english.pdf
  • BAAG/LSE: The Family Hotline - a road to empowerment, gender justice & social change in Afghanistan, March 2016

    BAAG has partnered with ACDEO (Afghanistan Capacity Development & Educational Organisation) to explore the possible impact of ACDEO's Family Hotline. The Family Hotline is a toll-free service in Afghanistan which provides Afghan women and their families with legal advice, information, counselling, sharia-based guidance and service referrals on various family matters.  Student researchers from London School of Economics analysed call data, interviewed ACDEO staff and researched comparable hotlines in other countries to explore if hotlines designed to support families and women can contribute to access to justice, human rights and services. 

    PDF icon BAAG_LSE_Family_Hotline_FINAL.pdf
  • 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

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