Call for support as women’s rights are eroded

JALAL FOUNDATION  CALLS FOR SUPPORT TO STOP  FURTHER DETERIORATION OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN  

“Up to 87.2 per cent of women having experienced some form of violence”[1]

WHEREAS, the fragile gains on Afghan women’s rights are being swiftly eroded as evidenced by the 28 percent increase in cases of VAW incidents as reported by the UN High Commission for Human Rights of UNAMA, the upsurge of heinous crimes against women, and the statement of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka that “violence against women and girls is exceptionally high in Afghanistan and is almost at a pandemic level, with up to 87.2 percent of women having experienced some form of violence…”[1].

WHEREAS, political developments such as the return of the Taliban due to the peace and reintegration process, the imminent reduction of international security and development assistance to Afghanistan in late 2014, and the weak commitment to women’s rights of Presidential candidates and political parties threaten to erode the stream of support to the protection of women’s rights and could lead to increased atrocities against women;   

WHEREAS, there has been insufficient political commitment to the furtherance of Afghan women’s advancement as evidenced by the poor implementation of national laws and the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan 2008-2018 and the questioning of the provisions of the decree on the elimination of violence against women as un-Islamic and unconstitutional by certain legislators;

Now, therefore, gravely concerned about the deplorable situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, we, the representatives of hundreds of Non- Government Organizations from all over the world, attending the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, hereby appeal to the Commission on the Status of Women to:

a)    Facilitate the creation of an international adhoc task force that will mobilize international actions on major issues that threaten Afghan women’s rights during Afghanistan’s period of transition, track obstacles to the implementation of women’s rights and gender equality laws, policies and commitments to gender equality, and facilitate measures to reduce violence against women and girls;

b)   Promote intensified collection and analysis of collateral information on the status of women from women’s organizations, media and other institutions towards forming a more accurate picture of women’s rights situation in the country, especially on violence against women; and

c)    Under the newly elected President of Afghanistan, remind the new Government of Afghanistan of its obligation to implement the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the need to submit the third report by 2015.

In support of the foregoing, we have signed our names below.

 

Name:                                Dr. Massouda Jalal

Organization ____________Jalal Foundation________________________________________________

Email and telephone number jalalfoundation@hotmail.com 0093 799 345 387