16 December 2017

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Sunday November 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is marked every year by the United Nations on 25 November, represents that start of the global campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year’s 16 Days theme, ‘Leave No One Behind,’ reflects the importance of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres.
The campaign would help raise the public awareness and mobilize the people on elimination of violence against women and girls all over the world. A life free from all forms of violence is the right of every Afghan woman and girl. It is time for united action from all in order to achieve this goal, the UN in Afghanistan said today in marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the commencement of 16 days of activities aimed at raising awareness about this critical issue.
A number of women in north hope those women who have been harassed anywhere, to practice ‘Don’t leave alone your sisters’ slogan. To invite women to this campaign is not void of danger. The identity of those who want to talk about their harassments should remain anonymous. Those who have been abused and want to report, mostly face different types of violence. A reporter of Ariana Television in northern Afghanistan, Raihana Rassouli said, “Our first step is to win the trust of those who have been faced violence.” “When we want to report a sexual abuse, we have to be very cautious,” Rassouli further said. She added they also help some women in shifting to safe houses.
“Violence against women in Afghanistan must be immediately stopped,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). “For Afghan women to achieve their full potential and their immense capacity in development, in peace and in security, the violations of the rights of women and girls, particularly through violence, must cease.” One in every three women around the world has experienced physical or sexual violence. Gender-based violence is a global issue, affecting millions each year, particularly the most vulnerable, including Afghan women and girls. It is now widely recognized that violence against women, including harassment and harmful practices, is major barrier to women and girls enjoying their fundamental human rights, and is a direct challenge to women’s inclusion and participation in sustaining peace.
“Violence against women and girls is not inevitable,” said Rebecca Tavares, Country Representative ad interim for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). “There are many ways to prevent violence in the first place, and to stop its recurrence.” The UN family in Afghanistan stressed that alongside the effective legal and institutional mechanisms for access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from all of us, from every individual, to speak out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings.
Through the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, supported by United Nations, the Afghan government is initiating advocacy and awareness-raising activities to address issues of violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. The campaign runs until 10 December, International Human Rights Day. Recalling the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan, the United Nations recommitted itself to support efforts by Afghan institutions and civil society to empower women and girls, and to promote the protection of their right to be free from fear, intimidation and all forms of violence.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated the event commemorating the international day of violence against women with theme ‘Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls’ here yesterday.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Abdullah said since the graph of violence against women was high in the country, everyone should step up efforts to stand against the violence.
“Unfortunately we are the witness of violence against women in the country. Therefor we have the most responsibility toward its prevention,” Dr. Abdullah added.
He went on saying that the central and provincial organs should try to decrease the violence against women, however he added many mechanisms were established and law reformation has taken place.
Dr. Abdullah said a healthy society would have equal rights for both men and women and there would be no violence against women, adding the issue of violence against women to be considered in all national programs.
“Women’s equal participation in all walks of life, including security organs is necessary. The ministries of defense and interior and the national directorate for security must step up efforts to increase the number of female employee and assure their families of our sister and daughter’s protection,” Dr. Abdullah added.
Hinting to last 16 year’s achievements, Dr. Abdullah said women had no presence during Taliban period and violence against them were the group’s main achievements, adding women’s situation during Taliban’s period were not comparable with current situation. He said the persisting violence against women was also not acceptable.
He meanwhile asked all Afghans to raise awareness on prevention of violence against women during the sixteen days campaign.
Delivering her remarks, minister of women affairs Delbar Nazari said violence against women was not only decreased but women’s participation in media and government affairs were also declined.
She went on saying that 87 percent of women facing physical, sexual and psychological violence and the remaining 17 percent were literate.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of three projects were completed in Baghlan province yesterday.
Habib Behzad press in charge of rural rehabilitation and  development ministry told BNA the projects consist construction of water dam, cleaning canal and protecting wall have been implemented via national coordination program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Kelagai region, Doshi District, Baghlan province.
He added, the projects estimated more than 19 million Afghanis with 10 per cent cooperation of people.
T. Yarzada

Saturday November 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Violence against women is one of important social levers that forcibly put women under the hand of men as women do not fully enjoy human rights and principal freedoms. As Afghanistan has had key achievements in various sections of women rights as women education, health and participation of women in various civil and political activities during the past 16 years, but there are still cultural and social issues facing Afghan women in most of parts of the country and have caused violation of rights and freedoms of women. Violence is an unpleasant, physical and unphysical behavior against women. Examples of violence against women are as beating, raping, selling women as servants, insulting to women, obscenity, torturing, war and political violence against women and forcing women to prostitution and so on.
Physical effect of violence against can be easily seen, but psychological effect of violence against women is more than physical one. Those women experiencing somehow violence against themselves are suffering lack of confidence, depression, stress, personality disorder, sexual and psychological disorder and others. Increasing violence rate against women during the current year might show awareness of women over their rights as the number of women referring to legal institutions is increasing. Reasons of violence against women in the country are illiteracy, addiction, insecurity, the culture of impunity, corruption, lack of trust on judicial organs and unpleasant traditions in various parts of the country. Statistic has shown that 60 percent of violence against of women is because of illiteracy, while 25 percent is because of addiction. The most significant factor that a woman cannot fight violence against her is lack of sufficient support from her. Lack of capability for solution of issue, lack of self-confidence, fear from life situation, financial problems and others make woman bear violence against her. In such kind of circumstances, women cannot stand against violence instead they endure pains every day. How to prevent from violence against women? The first step to prevent from violence against women is to increase support from women facing violence. Judicial laws and courts should be reviewed. Women rights organizations should increase and expand their activities in connection with awareness of women of harms and violence against them.
These organizations should help violence victims raise their voices and seek help from others. Those women experiencing violence should be advised to visit psychological centers. Now it is recommended to all that let’s fight violence and say no to violence rather think only of fighting violence against women. We should all avoid aggression and prevent other from doing so.
Lailuma Noori

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