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Minister of Women Affairs Asks For Intensifying Struggle On Eradication of Violence Against Women

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Monday November 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The 25th of November the world day on struggle for eradication of violence against women in Afghanistan, as massive violence against in Afghanistan has raised serious concerns within the human and civil rights foundations.
The ministry of public health marked this day in which in addition to minister of women affaires Dr. Hasson Banu Ghazaufar, some representatives of government departments, the activists of human rights and civil society had taken part.
Dr. Hasson Banu Ghazanfar emphasizing on the massive concern over increased violence against women in Afghanistan said that overcoming this problem is expansion of the anti-violence program in the country.
She added that in order to reduce violence against women many efforts should take place so that its factors are eliminated.
She attributed lack of awareness of Islamic values, illiteracy, and knowledge, poverty and the effects of the three decades of war as the main factors for violence against the women.
She stressed that the ministry of women affairs by launching of a comprehensive program tries to reduce violence against women and considerable outcome has been obtained of this program in the past three months.
She asked the ulama, imams and preachers to further raise their voice from the mosques and assist in this media as positive in this respect and asked further cooperation of the media.
The deputy minister of labor, social affairs, Higher education, education, information and culture, public health and some human rights activists and civil society expressed their views and proposals in respect to ways to reduce violence against women.
Nabi Farahi deputy minister of information and culture explained the activities of the ministry for reduction of violence against women and emphasized on expansion of media share in this direction.
She criticized non-observance of the gender balance in some of the government organs and asked for further participation of women.
Soraya Sobhrang an official of the Independent Human Rights Commission had stated earlier that in the past seven months four thousand cases of violence against women had been recorded showing almost one thousand increases compared to the same period of past year.
The violence against women has become a great social threat at the world level and it has forced the UN to announce the 25th of November as the world day for eradication of violence against women.

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