Celebrating the 8th of March is an important activity that HAWCA performs every year. The Idea of celebrating this day is to show the world that in Afghanistan we still have many courageous and strong women activists who are willing to sacrifice everything to bring justice and equality in the country. The program also aims to show the situation of Afghan women and how we can eliminate violence against women through unity.

Like all previous years, in this years’ event we had the pleasure of having our partner organizations with us. Ms. Federica Mesi the director of COSPE was present in this program which made the event even more appealing. It is worth to mention that this program was fully prepared by the students of Precious lives project implemented by HAWCA.

 

Ms. Najia Karimi the executive director of HAWCA while giving a speech on 8th of March.

Rohina Bawar the communication officer of HAWCA under AHRAM project giving information on women activities.

HAWCA students singing a song on women during the celebration of 8th of March.

HAWCA students reading jointly a poem on women during the celebration of 8th of march.

Students of HAWCA picturing how women are harassed in Afghanistan. and how gender base discrimination takes place in families, through a drama.

This workshop organized by UN women on 28-30 November of 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This appreciated workshop is bringing three key constituencies (national women’s machinery, national disaster managements agencies and women’s group) for greater synergy and coordination to address disaster preparedness from gender equality and women’s empowerment lens. The participants of this workshop from Afghanistan included representatives from the CSO organizations, women affairs and UN Women representatives.

Through disasters like earthquakes, floods, landslides, droughts and fires effects everyone, pre- existing gender equalities mean that women and girls are disproportionately impacted.

This Responses to disasters has been effective in prompting gender equality and women’s empowerment, including in terms of identifying, assessing and responding to the impact and needs of women and girls.

At the international level, the Hyogo frameworks for action 2005-2015 that was endorsed but the world conference on disaster reduction emphasizes the need to mainstream gender equality across all the conditions including the policies, plans, decision making, process, pre-warning systems, information management, education and training related to disaster management.

The Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030 endorsed recently by the third world conference on disaster risk reduction held in Sendai, Japan on march 18,2015 also emphasized the importance of mainstreaming gender, age , disability and cultural sensitivity in to all policies and programs, and to increase the role of women and  youth, while mainstreaming of gender equality and social inclusion to minimize the impact of disasters that targets women and girls has been emphasized at the national and international level,  however it has not been sufficiently put in to practice.

Rohina Bawer HAWCA’ representative to this workshop has spoken on behalf of Coordination, women’s core group working on Humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction, she has mentioned in her speech conflict disaster that Afghan people are suffering daily from.

“Unfortunately, with every passing day we witness the murder, rape, mutilation and abuse of women in our country. At the same time, we are witnessing the fact that the murderers of Farkhunda and countless other such women in our homeland continue to bully and assault women with impunity and enjoy the hearty support of arch-criminals in the government and outside it.

During the past four decades that our country has been embroiled in war. With the growing awareness of women, fundamentalist and reactionary forces and governments in every society see the writing on the wall. Therefore, a prominent feature of such situation is to suppress the emancipation movements of women and imprison this half of society within the confines of the home. Women’s voices raised for their rights can and must morph into a women’s emancipation movement. We saw in the course of the past year how the blood of innocents Farkhunda united our people and brought thousands into the streets. That is why all kinds of violence against women such as acid throwing, beating, stoning, informal community tribunal verdicts, burning, forced marriages, forced pregnancies, forced abortions have reached a peak. Girls in Afghanistan are facing the challenges in education too, although some 13,000 girls enroll at schools in Kandahar each year only a tiny proportion actually graduate.

The drop-out rate is exacerbated by conservative traditions including early marriage as well as wider issues of honor.

Figures for the last educational year showed that 2,735 boys finished school compared to only 528 girls.

 Child marriage is still a challenge for Afghan girls, In Afghanistan, 57 percent of girls are married before the age of 19, In addition, lack of access to education and healthcare, and social problems such as street harassment, are among the difficulties Afghan girls are facing.

At the end she spoke about GiHA (Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Force) After the Badakhshan Earthquake October 2015, under the UN Agencies Gender Working Group (GWG) the GiHA Task Force was created to interface with local civil society for improved coordination. The GiHA Task Force adopts the vision of the GWG for a “peaceful and progressive Afghanistan where women and men enjoy security, equal rights and opportunities in all aspects of life.” 

Its mission is to raise awareness, build capacity and monitor the work of the humanitarian community in Afghanistan on gender equality programming in humanitarian action and to find strategies to work in synergy with development actors to mitigate the impact of crises on sustainable development.

Recommendation:

1.    Capacity development of local Civil Society Organization in gender equality and Disaster Risk Reduction.

2.    Improved coordination between Government, Civil Society Organization and UN agencies on gender in Disaster Risk Reduction and response

3.    Improving localized research, analysis and peer learning mechanisms on women empowerment issues

4.    All Project allocations for local level NGOs who work with women

5.    All international forums should draw from local level Civil Society Organization voices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohina Bawer representative of HAWCA has met with Ms Ranju Kumari Jha, she is Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Women, Children, Senior Citizen and Social Welfare (PCWCSCSW), Legislative Parliament of Nepal since 2014. Earlier, she has served as a lawyer and advocacy campaigner in gender empowerment and protection of child rights. She was the Member of Constituent Assembly that enacted the Constitution of Nepal 2015. She is also the central Secretary of All Nepal Women Association, she holds MA, LLB from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

The Parliamentary Committee (PCWCSCSW) consists of 50 members and is mandated to make and amend laws related to four ministries. It also supervises government policies and programmes that relates to the following Nepal Government Ministries:

        Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare

        Ministry of Education

        Ministry of Youth and Sports

        Ministry of Health

Apart from directing the above four ministries on various issues, the Committee in two years have comprehensively deliberated and forwarded the following laws which the Legislature Parliament plenary session passed and received Presidential assent. 

 

1.       Act on Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Control)

2.       Act on Witchcraft (Control)

3.       Act on Youth Empowerment

4.       Act on Immunization

5.       Act on Pokhara Health Science Academy

6.       Amendment Act on Human Body Transplantation (Regulation and Prohibition)

7.       Act on Open University

8.       Amendment Act on Education

She was very happy from HAWCA activities and believes that HAWCA’s women make a difference for Afghan women, women all around the world must be together to bring changes. Nepal women claims their support with afghan women, to reach in a society with equality and justice.  

KABUL (Pajhwok): A human rights organisation on Saturday expressed deep concern over the deteriorating situation of women and children, alleging their basic rights were violated daily.
Rohina Bawer, speaking for the Afghanistan Human Rights Action and Mobilization (AHRAM), insisted human rights, particularly the rights of women and children, were being spurned consistently.
Speaking exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News,the AHRAM official recalled the harrowing incidents of violence against Rukhshana, Zahra, Farkhunda and many other individuals.
She lamented cutting off parts of children and women’s bodies, torture, illegal court trials, social customs and other issues contributed to a spike violations of their rights.
About AHRAM, she said the project was aimed to organise activities of human rights activists, and ensure access to information about violence happening against rights activists. A database has been created to document rights abuses.
She said they had registered 207 incidents of violence in the past seven months, mostly against women and children. The facts and figures could be obtained from AHRAM representatives in Kabul, Herat, Badghis, Helmand and Nimroz provinces.
This article was published by Pajhwok Afghan news agency for information please visit the below link:
http://www.pajhwok.com/…/ahram-voices-concern-abuses-human%…

Child abuse is one of the most important Issues that exist in Afghanistan. Unfortunately no major decision or initiative has been taken by the government in this regard. Everyday thousands of children throughout Afghanistan becomes victim of one or another form of child abuse. beating the children in schools, denial of education, force and early marriages, denial of proper food and cloths, denial of proper love by the parents, sexual abuse etc are some of the abuses that the Afghan children are facing every day. The main issue is that most of the people do not know “what Child abuse is” and so willingly or by mistake they become the culprit of child abuse.

To contribute in the elimination of child abuse and making the people aware of what child abuse is; HAWCA with the help of its donor “KNH” is working on preparing a child protection policy which after completion will be distributed to the partners, NGOs that work for the children and government authorities so that they could make use of it in their offices and work place.

The first step taken in this regard was providing training on types of child abuse that are happening in Afghanistan to the staff of the Peace Building Center in Ahmad Shah Baba Mina. The staff was very interested in the information given as they realized how child rights are being violated in schools and other places. HAWCA will continue its trainings on Child abuse to different sections of the society and will do its best to make it a practice to understand and implement the child rights in their homes, workplace and other places.

 

HAWCA was celebrating the 10th of December international human rights day.

We had the pleasure to have with ourselves OPAWC staff, women protection center staff and also students of English and computer classes.

Mr. Hashim program manager of HAWCA talked about the related topics and shared his information with the participants as well.

On this day HAWCA provided and showed them two different clips about human rights for better awareness of the students. HAWCA’s students took part in announcement, theatre and reading of the poems.

 

 

On Tuesday April 19th around 9 :00 Am a vehicle full of explosive was detonated in Pul-e- Mahmood  khan area and an attack was done on one of the government security buildings. The attack resulted in killing of more than 64 people and wounding of more than 400 people. Among the casualties there were women, children and infants. This was an unprecedented explosion after the explosion at Shah Shahid of kabul.

For decades the people of Afghanistan are burning in the fire of war, suicide attacks and injustice but the Karzail government and now the National unity government has done nothing to prevent these incidents from happening. The only thing they know to do is to give their commiseration to the families of the victims

Humanitarian assistance for the women and children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) offers its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and strongly condemns this act of terrorism. 

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