In a meeting coinciding with the Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy, women’s rights activists from around the world issued a Declaration of Solidarity with Afghan women in support of the Brussels Proclamation. Women from Belgium, Croatia, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including representatives from the Feminist Majority Foundation, announced their intention to assist in the successful implementation of the directives outlined in the proclamation to help ensure rights for women and the stability of Afghan society.
Working with the Gender Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General and the Executive Director of UNIFEM, the group of international women agreed to advocate on behalf of the proclamation in their own countries, provide political support for the Ministry of Women in Afghanistan, and encourage the UN to recruit more women into the UN agencies operating in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.
Media Resources: Afghan Women’s Summit, Declaration of Solidarity
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. . . .