Women

  • 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
  • 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 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.

    PDF icon Women_in_2014_Transition_English.pdf
  • 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. 

    PDF icon EVAW Law Report_Final_English_17 March 2014.pdf
  • UN: A Way to Go - An Update on Implementation of the Law on EVAW, December 2013

    Reporting on the period October 2012 to September 2013, UNAMA find an increase in the reported incidences of violence against women (650, up from 470 in the same period of 2012).  However, there has been a decrease in the percentage of prosecutors using the EVAW law in their cases and courts using it in their decisions.  UNAMA find that whilst progress has been made in implementing the law, gaps continue and violence against women remains under-reported in large parts of the country.  In addition, wrongful prosecution and imprisonment of women for fleeing home, often to escape violence, continues despite directives from the Supreme Court and Attorney General to prohibit this.   Read the full report here. The Executive Summary and recommendations are available in Dari also. 

    PDF icon A Way to Go Update on EVAW LAW_8 December 2013.pdf
  • BAAG: Letter to Afghan Government on the EVAW Law, November 2013

    Presented to the Afghan Ambassador to London on 25th November 2013 - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - BAAG's letter presents to the Afghan government and various ministries recommendations for implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women law.   The letter was written in consultation with various BAAG members and supporting organisations providing women's rights and gender programmes in the country.  BAAG and its members will maintain contact with the various ministries to request their response and follow-up plans. 

    PDF icon EVAW letter to Afghan Ambassador 25 Nov 2013.pdf
  • Afghan Women's Network: Statement on EVAW, November 2013

    The Afghan Women's Network, a prominent civil society network since 1995, prepared a statement for the Afghan government and international community to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November 2013).  Their statement highlights the ongoing risks faced by Afghan women, including forced and early marriage.This letter is also available in our Reports in Dari section. 

    PDF icon AWN Statement on EVAW 25th Nov.2013 .pdf
  • International Crisis Group: Women & Conflict in Afghanistan, October 2013

    In its latest report, the International Crisis Group examines the status of women in present-day Afghanistan. While now equal before the law, they still face widespread discrimination, sidelined in the police and government and menaced where they pursue positions of responsibility.The report's major findings include: most women do not enjoy the protections and rights the law guarantees; security forces are not yet committed to and capable of protecting them; only a fraction of incidents of gender-based violence make it to the courts; women are being marginalised in the peace talks with the Taliban.The report also makes various recommendations to the international community and the government of Afghanistan regarding laws protecting women's right, protection of women in public roles and participation of women in negotiations for peace.   

    PDF icon Intl Crisis Gp-women-and-conflict-in-afghanistan.pdf
  • 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.  

    PDF icon ENNA to NATO Oct.2013.pdf
  • HRW: Child Marriage/Domestic Violence, September 2013

    This latest report from Human Rights Watch examines the alarming figures surrounding child marriage and violence against women in Afghanistan.  It warns that these problems are damaging development and public health in Afghanistan and says urgent action is needed to tackle them.  The report calls on President Karzai to take a number of specific actions.  These include using his last year in office to prioritise the full enforcement of the 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW) and supporting the passage of legislation setting a minimum marriage age of 18 for both girls and boys.

    PDF icon HRW ending child marriage and domestic violence.pdf
  • 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.  

    PDF icon Oxfam-afghanistan-women-police-100913-en.pdf
  • 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
  • Afghanistan Watch: Conference Declarations on Mobilization & Participation of Women, August 2013

    Afghanistan Watch, a Kabul-based NGO, held regional conferences in August 2013, in Herat and the Central Highlands. Aimed at collecting the views, concerns, and recommendations of organizations and individuals involved in defending women’s rights, participants focused on the political transition,  the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces, negotiations with the Taliban, and the upcoming presidential election. The objective of these conferences was to protect progress made in the areas of women’s rights in the past decade and continue protection and promotion of women's rights in post-2014 Afghanistan. Read the declarations from both conferences here. 

    PDF icon Herat_Declaration_on_Women's_Concerns.pdf, PDF icon Central Highlands Declaration on Women's Concerns.pdf

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