It is about 15 years that I got married. Soon after marriage I learned that my husband loves someone else. He belonged to a farmers’ family but was in love with the daughter of a rich landlord who rejected his proposal for marriage. Every night he uses to talk about her and how she was sweet and beautiful. After two years of our marriage, he got mad and now I am all alone with my children. He cannot provide maintenance to me and my children and it is 13 years that I am living in a tent inside my father in-laws house. As if it was not enough, my father in law forces me to go for begging and earn money for him. I feel ashamed of doing this and I prefer working in other peoples’ houses, wash their cloths etc rather than begging. Many times I tried to commit suicide but whenever I looked in the eyes of my children, I could not do it. Now it is one month that my husband is missing and nobody cares about finding him. I want to get rid of this miserable situation. Either my father in-law allows me to go and live with my relatives or they could just divorce me

Procedure:

Her case was registered to the HAWCA registration book and the necessary information was given to her by HAWCA defense lawyer.

Her case was introduced to general attorney elimination of violence against women branch and her father in law was summoned by the general attorney EVAW branch. As he did not come, the police were sent to arrest him and bring him. At the end of the procedure her father in law promise that he will let her to and live with her relatives and he can take her children with her. All her belongings were also to be given to her.

 

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

 

 

 

Six month ago my mother died due to the cancer that she had. my father is addicted to drugs. I am the eldest daughter of the family so I have to take all responsibilities of my family. One day I went to Kabul with my family to take part in the wedding of my sister in law. At the end of the wedding my brother and my sisters’ husband went home without informing me so after three days I went to my home. After 15 days my brother and my sisters’ husband brought a child to our house. when I asked them who is the child, they said it is none of your business and be quite. They took my mobile and told me not to speak about the child with anyone. I was becoming worried about my brother because he is very young and he is unable to differentiate between good and bad.

One night they talked with their friends about this child and at that time I knew that they have kidnapped this child. Before I could report to the police about the kidnapping, our house was surrounded by the police and I was accused of Kidnapping and so they arrested me and put me in jail.

 

Procedure:

HAWCA defense lawyer went to person and take her case and defending her in the court.

The defense lawyer immediately opened an investigation and started gathering information about the case. After many investigations she was able to provide proofs that she was innocent and had nothing to do with the kidnapping. The police also arrested six of the kidnappers who confess that they had hand in this kidnapping.

After all the hearings the court passed a decree stating that the 6 kidnappers were to be punished with 20 years of imprisonment and our client was to be set free.

When she was freed from the prison, she took a deep breath and thanked God and HAWCA and its donors for supporting her.

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.

The Pashtoon traditional culture states that if the husband dies, the wife has to marry his brother. This custom still prevails in many tribes and many women are still victim of this form of violence.

 

(Code name 001) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

15 years ago when I was only 13 years old and a child knowing nothing about the cruelty of life, they come to propose for my marriage, but I did not accept their proposal as I wanted to continue my education and be with my childhood friends, but my father in law who is a warlord threatens my family and by forced made them agree to this marriage. My husband family has many enemies who succeeded in killing my husband and his two brothers. But they did not stop at this and one day they through a hand grenade in my house which resulted in seriously injuring my son and my daughter. I cried for help but no one of my in-laws came to my help and so due to large amount of blood loss my son died in my arms. Even for the treatment of my daughter my in-laws did not gave me any money and I had to ask my parents to pay for the expenses. Now I am living with my parents but my in-laws say that you are our widow and you should marry with one of your husbands’ brother. As I have already suffered a lot in this family, I did not want to go there again but again they started threatening my family.

Now I have come to HAWCA to help me in this regard and save me from another force marriage.

Procedure:

Her case was registered to the HAWCA registration book and the necessary information was given to her by HAWCA defense lawyer.

As the client requested to follow the case through mediation before going to court as it will increase the risk of her losing her life and daughter, the defense lawyer started opening a mediation between the families. The mediation was to be organized in the independent human right commission. The defense lawyer called each one of her in-laws and requested them to come. Some of the in-laws did not cooperate at the beginning but after few calls they came. During the mediation it was made clear to them that their action is considered as force marriage which is a crime and also against sharia law. They were also told that their threats are considered as a criminal act. They were told that if they continue like this, legal action will be taken against them and they could be put in prison for a long time. After few hours of talking the parties came to an agreement that no marriage will take place and the custody of the girl was also given to her mother.

 

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.

 

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.

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