• 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
  • 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
  • UN CEDAW: Concluding observations on the combined periodic reports of Afghanistan, July 2013

    Responding to the combined initial and second periodic reports by Afghan officials, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women present their principle areas of concern and recommendations.  These include participation of women in the peace process, women's access to justice, the continued prevalence of violence against women and harmful practices, employment and participation in public life.A link is provided at the start of the document to Afghanistan's formal response to these concerns.  

    PDF icon CEDAW Concluding Observations Afghanistan July 2013.pdf
  • AIHRC: National Inquiry Report on Factors & causes of Rape & Honor Killing in Afghanistan, 2013

    High numbers of recorded honor killing and rape, occurring across the country, led the AIHRC to launch a National Inquiry Program into the factors and causes of this phenomenon.   The programme and report aim to assess the situation of victims and those at risk, raise public awareness and sensitivity against these phenomena,  hold to account the government for the implementation of adequate programs, and through recommendations, to bring changes in the laws and policies and prioritize the fight against such issues. Covering a period  across 1390-1392 (2011-13), 127 of the reported 406 honour killings and rape were investigated for the NIP. These were discussed  with a population of over 2,000 people, including representatives from the government, civil society organizations, judicial organisations, the media, associations, provincial councils, officials of shelters and dignitaries, and in joint focus group and public hearings meetings. Likewise, during this program, 136 suspects, offenders, victims, witnesses and family members of victims were interviewed.  

    PDF icon AIHRC Rape and honour killing Spring 1392.pdf
  • FOI: Women at the Peace Table: Rhetoric or Reality? April 2013

    This report, in English and Swedish,  - examines whether advances in women's rights in Afghanistan since 2001 represent the significant change and progress that has been claimed.  It examines women's participation and influence in the ongoing peace and reintegration process.  It says research suggests that future peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban pose a threat to women's rights.  It says the government and international actors have not disclosed what concessions they are prepared to make, the process is non-inclusive and non-transparent, and it is unclear what is being discussed in pre-negotiation talks.

    PDF icon Women at the Peace Table April 2013.pdf
  • 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.

    PDF icon Women and Post-2014 Afghanistan Feb. 2013.pdf
  • 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".

    PDF icon Still a Long Way to Go Dec. 2012.pdf
  • 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