• 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. 

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  • FCO: 2014 Report on Human Rights & Democracy, March 2015

    This annual report of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office summarises the global human rights situation in 2014 and provides examples of what the British government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which the FCO’s work is organised. Afghanistan remains a country of concern, and the country section outlines various issues being addressed, including protection of civilians, freedom of expression, protection of human rights defenders and women's rights.  See page 110 onwards.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • AWN: Position Paper on the occasion of London Conference on Afghanistan, November 2014

    Afghan Women's Network (AWN) is the highly regarded and well recognised coordination body for national and local women's rights organisations in Afghanistan.  Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014) they consulted members across the country to consolidate recommendations for the Afghan government and international community. This paper present Afghan women’s views and recommendations in eight critical areas: 1) good governance; 2) peace and security; 3) access to justice; 4) political participation; 5) economic development; 6) healthcare; 7) education; and 8) donor support for GIRoA. 

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  • Oxfam: Behind Closed Doors, November 2014

    Oxfam's briefing paper comes at a critical time, ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (December 2014) and in the weeks following President Ghani's election.  Oxfam highlight the importance of the international community and the new Afghan government standing by their promises and including women fully in negotiations on the future of Afghanistan.  The new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani used his first day in office to call on the Taliban to join peace talks, and the momentum towards a formal political process is expected to build under the new government. But it is far from clear whether Afghan women will be given a seat at the table in these talks, and there are fears that women's rights may be bargained away behind doors amid efforts to reach a peace settlement.

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  • Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights & Empowerment in Afghanistan, November 2014

    The Oslo Symposium was organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, US Department of State, Afghan Women’s Network, Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute Oslo.It brought together leading Afghan women's rights experts and activists for a day of discussion, with a view to present recommendations ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan two weeks later.  Attached are the two discussion papers prepared ahead of the event and the comminuque/summary document resulting from the symposium. 

    PDF icon Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment PRIO Paper Nov 2014.pdf, PDF icon Womens Rights and Political Representation PRIO Paper Nov 2014.pdf, PDF icon Oslo Symposium Summary Report2.pdf
  • ActionAid: Hanging in the Balance, November 2014

    ActionAid's briefing paper presents the progress made in women's rights and participation since 2001, but highlights the importance of continued government support to overcome remaining challenges.  They call upon the hosts and participants of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014) to deliver on existing commitments to women and to step up activities in the implementation of laws and action plans relating to women's rights.

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  • CSJWG: Position Paper for London Conference, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG), a membership network of local, community and grass-roots Afghan civil society organisations, prepared the paper below.  It highlights their review of the current situation, past achievements and future needs in the following thematic sections: Democratic reform; Governance, Rule of law and Human Rights; Government revenues, Budget execution and Sub-national Governance; Economic growth and Development; Continued partnership and Aid effectiveness; the Role of civil society.  

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  • ACBAR: Transforming development beyond Transition, October 2014

    BAAG's partner in Afghanistan, ACBAR, have produced 4 thematic and 1 summary position paper for the London Conference on Afghanistan, on 4th December.  These papers reflect the progress made since their previous papers for the Tokyo conference in 2012, and highlight the continuing needs, challenges and recommendations.  Their papers are on Women's Rights, Aid Effectiveness, Service Delivery and Governance.  

    PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan AID EFFECTIVENESS.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan GOVERNANCE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SERVICE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan Womens Rights.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SUMMARY.pdf