Prevalence Data on Different Forms of Violence against Women:

Lifetime Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence :508 % (1)

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months : 461 % (2)

Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence : Official National Statistics Not Available

Child Marriage :283 % (3)

Reports submitted by UN Human Rights Bodies:

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Gender Equality Indexes:

Gender Inequality Index Rank :157 (4)

Global Gender Gap Index Rank :156 (5)

Afghanistan Search Data

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Article 26 of the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) (Prohibition of Forced Marriage)

Afghanistan | 2009

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


Law on Elimination of Violence against Women

Afghanistan | 2009

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence


Article 28 of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women (Prohibition of Underage Marriage)

Afghanistan | 2009

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan

Afghanistan | 2007 | 2017

Type of Measure : Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Child, early and forced marriage, Sexual violence, Violence against women and girls


Forced and Early Marriages Estimates by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Afghanistan | 2007

Type of Measure : Research and statistical data > Other research and statistical data

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


Event “Don’t Destroy the Future of Your Children by Forced Marriages”

Afghanistan | 2007

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


Workshop “Elimination of Violence against Women: Preventing Child and Forced Marriage”

Afghanistan | 2005

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


Protocol to Eradicate Child and Forced Marriage

Afghanistan | 2005

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Regulations, Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Child, early and forced marriage


(1) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Source: Central Statistics Organization (CSO), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and ICF. 2017. Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015. Kabul, Afghanistan: Central Statistics Organization.


(2) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months. Source: Central Statistics Organization (CSO), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and ICF. 2017. Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015. Kabul, Afghanistan: Central Statistics Organization.


(3) Percentage of women aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before age 18. Source: UNICEF global databases, 2021, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys.


(4) The Gender Inequality Index is a composite measure reflecting inequality between women and men in three different dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent birth rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats held by women and share of population with at least some secondary education), and labour market participation (labour force participation rate). Source: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2020.


(5) The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria. Source: World Economic Forum, the Global Gender Gap Report 2021.