Many women’s rights activists and government officials participated in the seminar organized by the United Nations Development Programme. (Photo: UNDP)
Women’s rights activists in western Herat province have called for special courts to hear the cases of violence against women, especially the cases pertaining to domestic violence.
At a four-day seminar organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), women’s rights activists discussed ways to improve women’s access to justice in line with Afghanistan’s Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) legislation.
The EVAW legislation, which was introduced by the previous government, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women, including forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking and forced self-immolation.
People from all walks of life, including civil rights activists, government officials and students, participated in the seminar and discussed issues related to the EVAW law.
The recommendations included establishing a special court to hear cases related to women’s rights violations.
People from all walks of life, including civil rights activists, government officials and students, participated in the seminar and discussed issues related to the EVAW law
“For tackling the cases of violence against women and increasing people’s trust in the Afghan justice system, it is important to establish a special provincial court that only focuses on cases of domestic violence,” said Khalil Parsa, the head of the Herat Civil Society Network.
The participants also highlighted the need for increased collaboration among government and non-government entities to enhance the ability of female victims of violence to seek recourse to appropriate justice mechanism.
In April this year, a report released by the UNAMA and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) identified several factors that enable or hinder women’s access to justice in cases involving violence.
The report recommended establishing divisions within family and city courts across the country for addressing cases of violence against women.
In April this year, a report released by the UNAMA and OHCHR identified several factors that enable or hinder women’s access to justice in cases involving violence
The report documents the individual experience of 110 women in Afghanistan who were victims of violence and who sought justice through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms, including mediation, between August 2014 and February 2015.
The recommendations included civil remedies, strengthening the capacity of criminal justice system to protect survivors, regulating mediation through common standards, and applying the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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26th Oct 2017
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