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Ongoing Projects

Blossoms With No Spring: I want to live for myself! produced by HAWCA and funded by EC and ICCO, depicts the story of two women, "Zakira" and "Shukria" who represent a large population of the country, being victims of early forced marriages; which ends in violence against women, rape, self-immolation of women and health problems.

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(Code name 137) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

06 January 2018
(Code name 137) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

We are four sister and brothers and I am the eldest of them. When I was 10 years old my father died. My mother is an illiterate woman and she earns money for our maintenance in a very difficult way, all day long she works as cleaner and washes other...

Rape, Underage Sex, Forced Marriage, Abuse. That’s the Plight of Too Many Aghan Girls,

26 December 2017
Rape, Underage Sex, Forced Marriage, Abuse. That’s the Plight of Too Many Aghan Girls,

Sahar was only 10 years old when she was forced to marry an older man. Her father agreed to "trade" her in what is known in Afghan culture as " Badal " so he could have a second wife. Her husband stopped her from going to school, starved and beat...

(Code name 1) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

25 December 2017
(Code name 1) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

My mother and father are dead. My eldest brother is taking care of me. When I was 14 years old he wanted me to get married with an old man who was 50 years old. I told him that I do not want to marry now and specially not with...

Event to “End Violence Against Women” in Herat

15 December 2017
Event to “End Violence Against Women” in Herat

Precious Lives has been implemented in Kabul and Herat provinces with the aim of bringing dignity back to the Afghan women. This project provided Legal Aid for women victims of violence in 4 centers (HAWCA LAC Kabul, LAC Herat, HAWCA WPC and OPAWC) have been established in Kabul and Herat,...

(Code name 2) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA usesa code name instead of the original names)

10 December 2017
(Code name 2) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA usesa code name instead of the original names)

I was born in a poor family in Kabul city, when I was 16 years old in 5th grade, because of our poor economy and without my consent my father engaged me to someone that I did not like. I told my parents several time that I am not happy...

Training in Mazar Sharif for the Human Rights Defender

27 November 2017
Training in Mazar Sharif for the Human Rights Defender

Building the capacity of the human right defenders has always been one of the most important activities of HAWCA. In September 2017 HAWCA targeted the human right defenders in Balkh province and provided workshops for the defenders in Nahrshahi, Dehdadi. Shulgara, Charbolak and mazar city. The workshops focused on developing...

Introduction of booklet (Exit from Violence “you are not alone”)

20 November 2017
Introduction of booklet (Exit from Violence “you are not alone”)

 Click here to download the pdf format. The booklet Exit from Violence “you are not alone” was presented by HAWCA program manager on 19th of November and it was distributed to all the participants of the program. It contained information on forms of violence, how to realize that a woman...

Event to "End Violence Against Women"

19 November 2017
Event to "End Violence Against Women"

Precious Lives has been implemented in Kabul and Herat provinces with the aim of bringing dignity back to the Afghan women. This project provided Legal Aid for women victims of violence in 4 centers (HAWCA LAC Kabul, LAC Herat, HAWCA WPC and OPAWC) have been established in Kabul and Herat,...

The demands of the program held on 19th of November by HAWCA from the governments were as follows:

1-   Proper and full implementation of EVAW law in the courts and other legal entities.

2-   Change of legal marriage age from 16 years to 18 years.

3-   Prevention of child and force marriages and punishing the culprits.

4-   Removal of Claus 2 of article 39 of EVAW law and giving the responsibility to government to follow a criminal case.

5-   Reducing the time for divorce based on absence of husband from three years to one year.

6-   Punishing the culprits of violence even in the absence of demand from the victim.

7-   Punishing the culprits of stalking.

8-   Based on the regulation 1133 of the supreme court of Afghanistan, runaway is not a crime if it is done to escape violence but the person should refer to government, NGOs that provides social services or close relatives house, other wise it will assume that zina has taken place and the person will be punished. Our request from the government is that the regulation should be such that the woman escaping from violence could take shelter anywhere she feels safe and should not be considered a crime unless an ethnical crime has taken place.

9-   Including a clause for moral crimes and the punishment for it in the EVAW law.

10-                   The courts and judiciary must give priority to cases of violence against women.

11-                   Hiring professional lawyers and judges in the court and judiciary.

12-                   The government should guarantee its support to women victims of violence after they get their divorce.

13-                   The government should provide free psychosocial assistance to women victims of violence.

14-                   The government should provide educational facilities to women survivors of violence.

15-                   The government should provide job opportunities to women survivors of violence.

16-                   The government should include information from national and international laws on women rights in the school and university curriculum.

17-                   A national call for tender (with a strict verification of the characteristics of the proponents and evaluation of projects) to put money on awareness raising projects directed to men and women in the communities, taking as a central message "there is no excuse for violence against women" and "men should be accountable for their violent behaviors against women and girls", and "women are entitled as men are of human rights"... implemented through the direct participation of people

18-                   A specific awareness raising strategy to involve mullahs and religious authorities in the same subjects.

19-                   A serious and documented follow up of cases solved by mediation.

20-                   National system of founding for NGOs Antiviolence Centers to guarantee continuity of the service over time, putting rules on requirements/characteristics of the center.

21-                   A national call for tender (with a strict verification of the characteristics of the proponents and evaluation of projects) to put money on capacities building training for women connected with the labour market, to find a job after the training.