Women

  • BAAG: Getting it Right - Examining Gender Programming in Afghanistan, October 2014

    Gender programmes have been a large focus for international and local civil society in the past 13 years.  There have been some successes, but there have also been many complications and some failures.  BAAG has investigated these issues through a series of discussions with gender experts, from Afghanistan and the wider international community.  This report captures the debates, opinions and recommendations of the participants of our Getting it Right conference in March 2014 and the earlier discussions with visiting women's rights activists and gender experts.

    PDF icon Getting it Right 2014_FINAL.pdf
  • APPRO: Monitoring Women's Security in Transition, September 2014

    This series of studies explores the impact on Afghan women of the ongoing security transition from international security forces to their national counterparts.  In particular it monitors their overall security, mobility and access to public life, access to services (Health and Education), access to justice and the themes of violence against women and women & current affairs.The research has been conducted by APPRO - Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation - and has been commissioned by AWN - the Afghan Women's Network - and Cordaid for their outreach and advocacy uses. A baseline study conducted in June 2013 was followed by a Cycle 2 report in October 2013 and a Cycle 3 report in June 2014. 

    PDF icon AWN Monitoring_Womens_Security_in_Transition_June_2013_baseline_report.pdf, PDF icon AWN Monitoring_Womens_Security_in_Transition_Cycle 2 report Oct 2013.pdf, PDF icon AWN Monitoring_Womens_Security_in_Transition_Cycle 3 report Jun 2014.pdf
  • Heinrich Böll Stiftung: From hidden struggles towards political participation, July 2014

    The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a German foundation with a history of support to civil society in Afghanistan.  They collated this collection of interviews with Afghan women - activists, parliamentarians, professionals.  It presents a unique insight into the drive, will and determination of today's Afghan women to improve their situation and drive forward peace, security and development in Afghanistan.  

    PDF icon Afghan womens perspectives on pand s.pdf
  • NATO: Response from the Secretary General to ENNA & BAAGs letter, July 2014

    In June, ENNA (the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) and BAAG wrote to the Secretary General of NATO on their recommendations ahead of the September 2014 NATO Summit.  The attached response from Ander Fogh Rasmussen was received in July.  In it, he states his agreement that forming a permanent position for the currently temporary Special Representative for Women, Peace & Security is a priority.  He also refers to the development of the UNSCR 1325 Action Plan, and to the progress made by the ISAF Gender Adviser since her deployment in April.  

    PDF icon NATO response to ENNA Summit letter July14.pdf
  • USIP: Women's Access to Justice in Afghanistan, July 2014

    This report maps how Afghan women seek justice when their rights are violated and the barriers women face in pursuing justice or receiving a fair outcome, whether in the formal system, in community-based mechanisms, or at home. Part of ongoing research and programming by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on how community-based approaches can improve women’s access to justice, this report is based on a time-limited ethnographic study of women’s disputes in five provinces of Afghanistan between March 2011 and January 2012.

    PDF icon USIP_Women's-Access-to-Justice-in-Afghanistan.pdf
  • FCO: UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security, June 2014

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office's 3rd National Action Plan was launched at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit in London.  The NAP reflects the government's aim to put women in a central role in the prevention and resolution of conflict.  With Afghanistan as a priority country, the outputs and activities will help support meaningful results for women in the government's programmes and those of their partners.  

    PDF icon UK 2014-17_NAP Women Peace Security.pdf
  • ENNA & BAAG: Women's security in Afghanistan - Recommendations to NATO, June 2014

    BAAG partnered with ENNA -  the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan - to provide recommendations ahead of the NATO Summit planned for September 2014 and the Foreign Ministers meeting in June.  Progress in women’s rights in Afghanistan represents a key indicator of change that lays the foundations of an inclusive, democratic and peaceful society. Advances in women’s rights and participation – in education, employment, public life and other spheres – are primarily an achievement of Afghans themselves. Yet, NATO and the international community at large continue to have a critical role to play – as well as responsibilities – to ensure that these hard-won and still fragile gains are consolidated and expanded. ENNA, BAAG and their members provide recommendations to ensure that preparations for the NATO summit are effectively informed by the analysis and experience of both international and Afghan civil society organisations (CSOs), and to outline actions and outcomes that NATO should prioritise, so that their strategies to promote the rights of Afghan women and girls and participation of Afghan women are successful and sustainable.

    PDF icon Joint Recommendations BAAG ENNA to NATO -June 2014.pdf
  • NATO: Action plan for the implementation of policy on Women, Peace & Security, June 2014

    NATO and its partners are committed to implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, adopted in October 2000. UNSCR 1325 recognises the disproportionate impact that war and conflicts have on women and children, and highlights the fact that women have been historically left out of peace processes and stabilisation efforts.On 25th June 2014 they released, for the first time, an Action Plan for the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy on Women, Peace and Security. The intent is to reduce barriers for the active and meaningful participation of women in defence and security institutions, operations, missions and crisis management.Key action areas include the further integration of a gender perspective in the areas of arms control, building integrity, children in armed conflict, counter-terrorism and human trafficking. This will be complemented by the development of military guidelines and appropriate reporting mechanisms to prevent and mitigate conflict related sexual and gender-based violence. Afghanistan participated actively in the development of the Action Plan. 

    PDF icon NATO EAPC-wps-action-plan.pdf
  • 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. 

    PDF icon State of the Worlds Mothers 2014.pdf
  • 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.  

    PDF icon CH CMI Women'sRightsAfghanistanWimpelmann.pdf
  • UN Human Rights Council: Report of the Working Group on the UPR, April 2014

    The UN Human Rights Council reviews progress of countries in their implementation of various human rights standards.  A working group meet with their governments to pose questions and concerns raised by UN members.  In January 2014 the 2nd discussion of this Universal Periodic Review process convened and the Afghan government responded to the recommendations raised by members.  This report captures the outcomes of that discussion, in which the Afghan government accepted most recommendations, chose to debate certain others and rejected 3 - the latter being the abolition of the death penalty, abolishing the practice of prosecuting women for 'moral crimes' and ensuring non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and repealing criminalisation of same-sex sexual relations. 

    PDF icon UN HR Council Report of the WG on the UPR April14.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. 

    PDF icon BAAG Briefing Note_Understanding Gender_FINAL.pdf
  • 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 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
  • Oxfam: Close the Gap - How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015, March 2014

    Though not specifically Afghanistan focused, Oxfam's briefing paper provides pertinent conclusions on improving women's rights, equality and protection in the country. MDGs have not resulted in a strong enough effort to eliminate violence against women (EVAW), and the problem remains widespread and persistent.  With the international community focused on development and poverty eradication, EVAW must be central to their strategies.   Violence marginalises women and girls and keeps them in poverty - it undermines development efforts. 

    PDF icon Oxfam-close-gap-violence-women-2015.pdf

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