HAWCA is working on CEDAW in Afghanistan

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CEDAW stands for Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This international convention has been adopted by UN General Assembly on 1979 and it came to force on 3rd September 1981.
 
The Convention defines discrimination against women in the following terms:

“Any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.”

Although according to the map provided in wikipedia.org Afghanistan comes in the category of those countries that has signed and ratified CEDAW. But unfortunately the government of Afghanistan has not given its report yet. In the year 2008, representatives from different Afghan women NGOs had been invited to Delhi, India to attend the conference focusing on CEDAW.

After returning from India, HAWCA with the help of other nine women's NGOs made CEDAW Initiative Committee (CIC). Currently Miss Selay Ghaffar, Director of HAWCA, is leading this committee. This committee with the help of other 10 NGOs (total 20 NGOs) will write the shadow report of CEDAW. Besides this they will also help the government to write its version of CEDAW report.

For further details on CEDAW, you can visit the following websites:

  1. CEDAW official website  
  2. About CEDAW in wikipedia.org