Afghan Women's Network

Afghan Women's Network

Violence against Women: Where is Rule of Law?

We women’s rights movement are extremely disappointed with the recent serious incidents of violence against women. The judgment against Chaman Gul’s case, where she was raped by a group of local police two years back is extremely shocking. Two women were found hanged in Logar province, two women were killed over a family dispute in Faryab province by their sons, father-in-law kills his daughter-in-law and two grandsons(8 and 10 years) in Ghazni, 17 years old Shakila was shot on her face by her husband in Kabul, shooting of a boy and a girl in Baghlan, through an informal justice, a mother attacked and killed by her son with a knife in Herat today, are some of very upsetting examples of increased violence against women in Afghanistan.  
In spite of all the gains and efforts made towards promoting women’s rights in Afghanistan, social and legal protection of women is deteriorating, which raises concerns over the roles, responsibilities and commitments of the Afghan government. It is a pity that severe violence against women occurs in provinces under government’s control.
These violence cases are not followed up seriously in a transparent process by the law enforcement agencies at the provincial and local levels. The dreadful incidents of violence against women remain the headlines of the news only. We call on Afghan government to prove their commitments towards law enforcement, investigate and follow up on the recent cases of violence against women immediately and conduct public trials in order to prosecute the perpetrators and their supporters. The government has to increase the accountability of it is law enforcement and judiciary. We also urge Afghan government to provide immediate life saving support to victims of violence against women across the country. We call upon Religious Leaders to play their role according to their religious mission according to Islamic values in protecting women’s rights, position in the family, community and society.
We recall on Afghan Civil Society and Communities to closely monitor the cases of violence against women from the prosecution to judgment at the provincial and local level. We ask the Afghan Civil Society and Communities to play active role in coordinating and sharing timely and accurate information regarding violence against women with relevant stakeholders.We call on International Community to consider the urgency of their support in terms of ending violence against women in Afghanistan. We ask on practical measures to implement commitments made under Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework towards ending violence against women. We ask international community for provision of special funding to support the severe case of violence against women.