Women to be Included in Planning New Afghan Government
Afghan delegations representing the Northern Alliance, former king Zahir Shah, the Peshawar Convention, and the Cyprus group, will meet next week in Berlin to discuss the future of Afghanistan, including the development of a new broad-based representative government. Among the delegations, will be Afghan women. The former king, declaring “Women have always played an important part in Afghan Society,” has already invited at least one woman to go to Berlin as part of his delegation. Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations’ Special Representative for Afghanistan has encouraged all of the delegations to include women, but each group will determine their actual representatives.
Brahimi also expressed the United Nations’ “hope that [the meeting] will be the beginning we’ve been looking for to end the conflict in Afghanistan and start building new institutions in the country.” To build these institutions, according to UN Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women Angela King, women must be “full partners in the decision-making process around the peace table, in humanitarian efforts, and in reconstruction of the country.” The inclusion of women in the Berlin talks is a promising step in that direction.
Media Resources: United Nations News Centre, 11/20/01; Reuters, 11/21/01; Feminist Majority
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .