• EastWest Institute: Women and Post-2014 Afghanistan, February 2013

    This report  highlights the importance of protecting the rights of women in Afghanistan after the pullout of foreign troops in 2014.  It concentrates on a visit by Afghan Parliamentarians, two thirds of them women, to Brussels in the autumn of 2012.  The parliamentarians emphasised that even if the Afghan Constitution were to be revised post-2014, the rights of women must continue to be explicitly guaranteed. “Women’s rights cannot be used as a bargaining chip with the Taliban,” the report asserts.

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  • UN: Still a Long Way to Go, December 2012

    This UNAMA report says that although there's been some progress on implenting an anti-violence law passed in 2009, many Afghan women still face challenges in accessing justice.  The UN says that although prosecutors are increasingly applying the law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, its overall use remains low.  It finds that incidents of violence against Afghan women still remained largely unreported, due to cultural restraints, social norms and taboos, religious beliefs, fear of social stigma and exclusion and even "threat to life".

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  • Swedish Committee for Afghanistan: Missing the Target: November 2012

    A study by three Swedish NGOs examines Sweden’s efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in Afghanistan. It finds there is a gap between Stockholm’s idealistic commitments towards helping Afghan women over the past decade and what has been achieved on the ground. The report says the Swedish government’s National Action Plan must be improved to make it more relevant to Afghan women.

    PDF icon Missing the Target Nov. 2012.pdf
  • USIP: Learning from Women's Success in the 2010 Afghan Elections

    The United States Institute of Peace analyses the progress of women candidates in parliamentary polls in 2010.  It concludes that while 24 per cent more female candidates were able to run than in 2005, they still face significant obstacles, including threats and discrimination.

    PDF icon Learning from Women's Success in the 2010 Afghan Elections June 2012.pdf
  • ActionAid: Afghan Women’s Rights on the Brink, June 2012

    In the run up to July's Tokyo Conference on the future of Afghanistan, ActionAid calls on the international community to prioritise the protection of women and girls in the country. The report calls on development partners attending the conference to make binding guarantees on tackling violence against women and to raise $90 million over five years to support the work needed.

    PDF icon ActionAid Afghan Women’s Rights on the Brink June 2012.pdf
  • Equal Rights, Unequal Opportunities: Women's Participation in Afghanistan's Parliamentary and Provincial Council Elections, March 2012

    This paper presents the findings of an AREU field study, funded by UN Women, exploring women’s participation as candidates and voters in Afghanistan’s 2005 and 2009-10 parliamentary and provincial council elections.  Focusing on the relatively secure, less conservative, provinces of Balkh, Bamiyan and Kabul, it draws on interviews and focus group discussions with 25 female candidates and over 100 men and women from rural and urban communities.

    PDF icon Equal Rights, Unequal Opportunities March 2012.pdf
  • Gender and Economic Choice: What's Old and What's New for Women in Afghanistan? March 2012

    In summer 2011, AREU conducted a rapid qualitative assessment of four communities in Kabul and Parwan provinces as one of the country case studies for the World Bank's 2012 Human Development Report. This paper presents its results. Focusing on the broad topic of gender and economic choice, the paper is divided into four thematic areas: power and freedom; marriage and children; education; and economic opportunities.

    PDF icon Gender and Economic Choice March 2012.pdf
  • Human Rights Watch: "I Had To Run Away" The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for "Moral Crimes" in Afghanistan

    Human Rights Watch calls on the Afghan government to release hundreds of Afghan women and girls imprisoned for so-called "moral crimes", saying they are victims rather than criminals.  It says their  "crimes" usually involve flight from forced marriages or domestic violence, while some young women are convicted of "zina" - sex outside marriage - after being raped or forced into prostitution. 

    PDF icon The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for Moral Crimes March 2012.pdf
  • AWN: Women Visioning 2024, March 2014

    In this report by the Afghan Women's Network (AWN), Afghan women provide a very personal account of achievements they have made over the last decade, and outline their thoughts on how the transformation decade beyond 2014 could support Afghan women.  The paper has been developed through consultation meetings of leading women rights activists and has been consulted with women in all 34 provinces of the country.

    PDF icon AWN women_visioning.pdf