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Violence against Women - Violence against Humanity – Let’s end it
Qaws (1395), equivalent to 24 November 2016
In order to fight and eliminate violence and discrimination against women, providing equal rights and women’s access to their basic rights within the national policies and regulations of Afghanistan, such as the constitution, The Violence Against Women Act, regulation that prohibits harassment of women and children, the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), and the national action plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security are guaranteed. Beside, joining The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Afghanistan is committed and obliged to eliminate violence and discrimination against women. Civil society organizations; particularly the Afghan Women Network’s wide-range of activities to create awareness regarding EVAW Law, women’s right in Islam, concepts for enrichment and justice to the family law, protecting Afghanistan’s EVAW Law in particular, and not merging it to the Afghan criminal code, Women’s access to justice, emphasis on increasing the presence of women in making political decisions and their overall participation inside communities.
Every year the Afghan Women’s Network celebrate the international day for the elimination of violence Against Women and participate in Inauguration of 16 days international campaign for elimination of violence against Women which is start from 25th November to 10th December( International Human Rights’ Day ) through conducting continues advocacy , organizing gathering and media programs for reducing violence against women. in this year Afghan Women’s Network deployed country wise media campaign for obtaining commitments and messages of National Unity Government, demand of victims of violence on the implementation of the law, persecuting of the perpetrators of the violence, awareness , social and psychologically support of victims of violence and allocating budget .
Despite the tireless efforts made in combating the violence against women; still it is considered as one of the most serious issues of human rights in Afghanistan that increases over time. Based on the data released by special prosecution office fighting violence against women; around 2,462 cases of violations have been registered since the beginning of Hamal, 1395 – 12th Aqrab. Within this year we have witnessed the most horrific forms of violence against women and girls in the country. Illegitimate prosecution of Shazia in Laghman, cutting off Raihana’s head by her husband’s family in Badghes, firing off Sameya in Faryab, Suffocating Nasren in Jawzjan province and raping women and children in Takhar and other provinces indicates the severity of the violations against women in Afghanistan.
Violence has difference causes. The existence of numerous cultural and traditional norms and values within the society is considered among the causes for incidence and continuance of violations. On the other hand; juridical, political, socio-cultural, economical and even psychological factors have played a significant role in the incidence and continuance of violation. The lack of women’s access to justice, cultures of impunity, concealment of killings, rapes of women, no referral of victims to judicial institutions, the lack of enough and specific budget for combating violence against women, the lack of juridical, financial and physiological support of those women abused from violations and their families are considered amongst the main challenges for women.
Afghan Women Network has issued the following requests in relation to the 16-day campaign for eliminating violence against women and requires Afghan government’s serious attention, particularly for the following institutions.