Women

  • 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
  • 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. 

    PDF icon bn-women-peace-security-unscr1325-030915-en.pdf

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