More than 20 years of conflict have left Afghanistan devastated and communities broken, making it one of the poorest countries in the world. The deteriorating security situation has resulted in the Afghan population, especially women, living without access to basic services. Gender gaps in Afghanistan are widespread in health, education, economic opportunities and politics.
Women’s rights in Afghanistan
- 28% of seats in parliament are held by women (Source: UN Women 2011-2012)
- 14% of girls enrol in secondary education (Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics)
- 2.4% of permanent full-time workers are female (Source: International Finance Corporation and The World Bank 2014)
Significant steps have been made to advance women’s rights such as the inclusion of gender equality in the new Constitution and the establishment of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. But Afghan women still face restrictions imposed by traditional customs and strict laws. Many women and girls have limited freedom, experience violence on a daily basis and have no say in the decisions that affect them.
Supporting Women in Afghanistan
We are working with 3 local women’s rights organisations; the Afghan Women’s Resource Centre, Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) towards:
- Empowering women to be active members of their society
- Improving access to justice for survivors of violence
- Training individuals and communities to prevent violence
Making a difference
In the beginning of 2014 Womankind successfully completed programmes with all 3 partner organisations and new projects have now begun.
The previous programmes benefited around 500 women and girls. With our support:
- A legal aid centre run by Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) in Jalalabad has provided free legal support to 175 women, psychosocial support to 70 women and girls and basic health treatment to 46 women
- The Afghan Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) has empowered young Afghan women to pursue professional careers by providing vocational training to over 200 women in management and journalism. 9 students acquired relevant employment as a result
- The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) monitored the effectiveness of the Elimination of the Violence Against Women (EVAW) law by conducting a survey with the government. AWN also proved technical training to law enforcement agencies