Country Afghanistan
Year 2019 - 2022
Type of Measure Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) has been set for the time period between 2019 and 2022. Key focus areas lie in decreasing violence against women as well as help women victims of violence gain legal, social and economic support. Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) is taking the lead in implementing this. One of the integral goals of NAPWA is “to build and sustain a secure environment that enables women to live a life free from intimidation, fear and violence, and which supports their participation and leadership in promoting and maintaining peace and security”. Therefore, NAPWA builds the commitment to “Eliminating women-directed violence in public and private spaces”. This commitment involves the Government and its subsidiaries; Supreme Court, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Parliament, MoWA, Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), human rights organizations, Ministry of Information (MoI), Culture and Youth etc. to undertaking the following actions:
Establishing of pilot Family Response Units in police stations.
Conduct of public awareness campaign and public outreach to make communities, families and community-based organizations aware of family response units and referral centers.
Strengthening of the preventive component of security measures, including the provision of security briefing, security information, and emergency response tips for concerned women, individuals, and institutions.
Legislation of appropriate measures to curb domestic violence against women.
Establishment of close linkage with institutions dealing with women’s rights, health and rule of law, and sectorial ministries to identify areas of cooperation, synergy, and support.
Development and implementation of trainings and awareness campaigns on human rights, especially women’s rights, and gender based violence.

Source of Information

Afghanistan's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.12 and p.59