Billboards raise awareness of Afghanistan’s End Violence Against Women law
On 8 March our partner the Afghan Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) honoured International Women’s Day by running activities dedicated to raising awareness about women’s rights in three villages across three different provinces of the country.
AWRC has also partnered with a number of other Afghan women’s organizations including both Womankind partners, Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) to create several billboards in each of Kabul’s districts. These billboards focus on the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law that was passed in 2009, and seek to inform the public about the level of violence still experienced by women in the country. In Afghanistan 60-80% of marriages are forced or arranged, 57% of the girls are married by the age of 16, and rape victims are shamed , jailed and or forced to marry their rapist. .
Although laws have been passed to improve women’s rights and tackle the high levels of violence, there is weak implementation by policy makers and service providers, little understanding of violence against women as a human rights violation. Women’s organisations including AWRC are working to ensure that legislation gets implemented, perpetrators are brought to justice and that women receive support.
With the support of Womankind AWRC is increasing young women’s opportunities to access labour opportunities through education and training in their community centre, and working to improve women’s political and civil participation within their communities. We’re glad that on International Women’s Day they were making their mark and raising awareness.
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