One of the achievements of HAWCA is that it can go to the most insecure areas of Afghanistan and build the capacity of the human right defenders. Due to the increased number of antigovernment forces, the women are forced to wear borqa, yet even behind the borqa they are a powerful source of preventing human right violation and in particular preventing women right violation. Their presence in such workshops states that even though a lot of danger poses them, they have the courage to come forth and take a step towards equality of men and women. They do this because they believe that they can bring change in the lives of hundreds of women suffering in their area.

Working with teachers to build their understanding on gender equality has been an important activity of HAWCA. Teachers are the ones who are in contact with young children every day and their teaching has great influence on the children. From 8 to 10th of July a training on Gender equality against discrimination was organized in Herat for the teachers who are living in Gebrail distract. The program was to contribute to the campaign of providing awareness to the public on what Gender equality is and how to consider it in the school and other places.

 

Once again workshops were organized by HAWCA for the Human right defenders in Nangarhar, Laghman and Konar provinces covering the districts of Bahsood, Khewa, Surkhrod, Mehtarlam and Asad abad. The program was mainly focusing on advocating for Human rights with an emphasize on women and children rights using the Afghanistan EVAW law, Afghan penal code, Afghan Constitution, CRC etc. The program also covered the topics on monitoring the human right violation cases and reporting them to the concerned authorities.

 

As a whole the purpose of these trainings were to increase the capacity of the participants on how to protect the women and children rights, how to deal with early and force marriages, how to monitor the women and children rights, how to prevent an act of violence against women and children and how to advocate for the women and children rights.

 

Training in the Khewa distract of Jalal Abad

 

Training in the Bahsood district of Jalal Abad

 

 

 

As we know that many people and especially the people living in rural areas are unaware of child rights, we have made the awareness on child rights an essential part of our activities. The best way of implementing this activity is to provide training to the school teachers and parents so that through them the children and other people could get educated on child rights.

On august 1st 2017 a training on child rights was organized for the parents of the children studying in our peace building center funded by KNH, where 55 women took part in the program and the main focus of the training was on child education and nutrition. Other topics were also covered to clarify to the parents what child rights are.

On 21 September 2017, we celebrate the international Peace day in our peace building center. The International day of peace, sometimes unofficially known as world peace day, is observed annually on 21 September.  It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically absence of war and violence.

The program was organized by students and teachers of the Peace building center. They program included, Speeches, poetry, Essay and melody about peace and at the end they had a drama about peace and war.

There are 380 participate in our program.

Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights violation issues that exist in Afghanistan.

On 11 July a training on Human Trafficking was organized for the teachers in our Peace Building Center. The program was to contribute in the campaign of providing awareness to the public on what Human Trafficking is. The program covered topics clarifying how Human trafficking splinters families, violates human rights, undermines the rule of law and spurs other transnational criminal activity and how it threatens public safety and national security.

Part of the training was focused on how smugglers smuggle women and children and use them as prostitutes, beggars etc to earn money.

Such programs are necessary for the Afghan community so that they could have a clear understanding of what Human Trafficking is and how to protect themselves and their children from becoming victims of Human trafficking.

The afghan constitution provides a number of rights to the people, however these rights are mostly violated by the police during their duty because they do not know clearly about these rights including the procedure to arrest a female or a child. From 15_ 17th of July a training on women and children rights under afghan constitution was organized for the police officers in Herat to improve their understanding of constitutional rights of women and children and to consider the human rights while they are on duty.

 

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.

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