Where Are Afghan Women Heading?

Afghan Women’s Network as one of the leading women’s rights network focusing on policy advocacy with aim to empower and strengthen women across the country have conducted a thorough consultation process with over 200 women leaders in Eight regional zones covering all 34 provinces in the month of February 2016 to develop this policy  brief. This policy brief was officially launched in Kabul  and 7 zones of Afghanistan, on the occasion of International Women’s Day and will be used in the United Nations annual Commission on the Status of Women60th Session in New York for policy advocacy.

Afghan Women’s Network March 2016 Policy Brief: Where Afghan Women are heading?

Summary

Afghan women have made historic contributions to enable environment for better living condition for other women as well as towards contributing in the development of the country. In the past 15 years Afghan women have worked hard and emphasized for their inclusive participation as well as their role as decision makers. Despite of the fact that there are several measurable progresses in the past

decades, these achievements look fragile. The changing political, security and economic situation in Afghanistan is equally effecting women’s contribution as men. Focusing on goals, measurement and policy instruments this brief lays out the up to date achievements, key problems with current women’s empowerment and provides practical recommendations.

Afghan Women’s Network as one of the leading women’s rights network focusing on policy advocacy with aim to empower and strengthen women across the country have conducted a thorough consultation process with over 200 women leaders in Eight regional zones covering all 34 provinces in the month of February 2016 to develop this policy brief. This policy brief will be officially launched in Kabul on the occasion of International Women’s Day and will used in the United Nations annual event Commission on the Status of Women 60th Session in New York for policy advocacy.

Reaffirming Current Progresses

Afghanistan today is considered rich with national policies and international instruments commitments in supporting women’s empowerment. Afghanistan Constitution is considered one of the modern ones in the region which guarantee equality of women and men before the law.1 Similarly Afghan Constitution guarantees women’s access to education, health and social presence. After 15 years, Afghanistan has key legislations, policies and national plans which further increases government’s obligation towards strengthening women’s participation and equal rights. Afghanistan has ratified international laws and agreed to implement binding resolutions that add to strengthening women’s role and presence.

Afghan Constitution- 1994- Article 22, 43, 44, 53, 54
Afghanistan National development Strategy- 2005- Gender as cross-cutting theme
National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan- 2008- 10 years plan for Ministry of Women’s Affairs Elimination of Violence against Women Law- 2009- First law that criminalize violence against women a social constraints and not a domestic issue.

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