Afghan Women's Network
AWN

Afghan Women's Network

Afghan Women’s Concerns regarding Severe Cases of Violence and Lack of Security for Women and Children

Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) strongly condemns the recent incidents of violence    and attack against women and children. AWN calls on the Afghan government to seriously follow, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of these crimes. We believe provision of immediate reparation and support to of these crimes is one of main responsibilities of the Afghan government.

The recent incidents of sexual violence against women and children, attacks and killing of women in Takhar, Balgh and Kabul provinces have seriously increased concerns of people and particularly women. AWN believes the culture of impunity, that lack of political will of the government, lack of law implementation on the perpetrators, embedded violence in negative tradition and low level of awareness religion are the reasons of prevalence of violence. In meanwhile absence systematic protection mechanism of women in public arena and women leaders is increasing attacks, abduction, injuries and killing of women.

Considering the above concerns we urge Afghan government to pay serious consideration to the following issues:

  1. To take strong actions towards ending any kind of violence and attack on women and children
  2. To ensure implementation of Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW) and

Take serious measure in arresting, prosecuting punishing of perpetrators of the crime

  1. Considering the national and international commitment, Afghan government should fulfill their obligation of support and ensuring reparation to victim of violence
  2. We ask the government to take protection of women leader and women in public serious and take concrete measure to reduce risk of attacks and killing. And to improve social security for women in particular to improve public transportation for women mobility in after hour which is one of the causes of security risk for women who lack private transportation

We also urge

  1. Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and other civil society organizations should step in to identify the root causes of sexual based violence against children and women and provide recommendations towards reduction of these harmful practices to the government of Afghanistan.