The study tour was for participants to learn and observe sustainable approaches implemented including income generation activities for women in shelters, exit strategies to support women leaving the shelter and the means and mechanisms undertaken by shelters to raise funds to create less dependency on donor funding.

The program was organized by IDLO from 29/2/2016 to 4/3/2016 and Humanitarian Assistant for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) being a shelter implementing organization was also invited to take part.

The program was for five days and representatives of different organizations participated in  it. Meetings were organized with Lawyers collectives, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Doctors without borders, department of women and children development, Technology and action for rural advancement (TARA), All India women’s conference, Guild for service and NAVJYOTI India Foundation.

written by Rohina Bawer

There was a seminar on 7, 2, 2016 for literacy students of OPWAC from 9:00 to 11:30 o’clock Which was leaded by the precious life project.

The subjects of this seminar were connecting of people from view point of social law and the right of women to work outside and accomplish the proper job.

 It was about 90% effective for improvement of students.

Exactly a year ago we witness the brutal death of innocent Farkhonda by the hands of ignorant people which brought sorrow to all Afghan people. Farkhonda a 27 years old girl was accused of burning Quran by the local Mullah. In the presence of police she was beaten and stoned to death and after that her body was burned in Shah Doshamshera of Kabul city. This violent act united the people throughout Afghanistan and even abroad asking the government to punish the culprits of this act but the afghan courts after three court sessions punished them with few months of imprisonment which is not acceptable by the people and particularly by Afghan women. Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) as a women right defending organization gives its condolences to all the Afghan women and particularly to Farkhondas family. HAWCA is determined to work for the women victims of violence and be their voice until the day that the Afghan women get their human rights, and we do not have any more victims such as Farkhonda, Rukhshana, Tabasom etc

At the end of the project (women and government working in unison to eliminate violence against women) a national conference regarding the elimination of violence against women law and its impact on the victims and society was organised by HAWCA on 31th of Dec 2015.

In this program, personnel of the government from judiciary, directorate of women affairs, representatives of human right commission, individuals from women right defending NGOs, universities and women activists participated.

During the program the main topic was how the EVAW law has affected the women positively and how it can be improved to make it more beneficial to the women. It was also discussed how the EVAW law can affect the victims negatively and what should be done to make it better.

Humanitarian Assistance for the women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) congratulates the 8th of March to all women around the world and particularly to the Afghan women who are mostly the victims of gender base violence. HAWCA is a women right defending organization and is determined to eliminate violence against women or at least reduce the usage of violence against women and so most of its projects are concerned with this activity. HAWCA celebrates this day every year to remind everyone of the high courage of women who stood for their rights. This day is celebrated in Afghanistan while different types of violence against women could be seen in all parts of Afghanistan. HAWCA has always tried to remind the women of their historical movements to achieve their rights so that they do not allow anyone to violate their rights. 8th of March is a chance for women to unite and stand together and eliminate all types of social violence. HAWCA hopes that one day the Afghan women gets their equality of human rights and get free from all forms of violence

Humanitarian assistance for the women and children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) is currently actives in the area of child and child protection, it is working since 1999 for the betterment of child education and it has big achievement along with its international partner kindernothelf (KNH).

Peace building project is another educational project taken by HAWCA and was established in Kabul city in the area of Ahmad shah Baba Mena in 2012 with close cooperation of Ministry of Education and funding of Kinder Not Hilfe (KNH). The project was started when many children had become victims of war and violence during the past decades of war.

During these years of activities for the children, HAWCA does not have any standardized policy for their protection, there for our donor KNH has been launched a three Module Workshop for the National NGOs such as HAWCA in INDIA for having a standardized policy for their country, In the first Module tow member of HAWCA has been participated for this workshop, it was three day workshop form 9 Dec to 11 Dec 2015 in Coimbatore City of India hosted by KKID organization.

The aim of first module was that participants of each century should be able to have a national draft form of the policy, the second and third module will be in 2016 and 2017.

HAWCA promises to fallow the international rules for protection of children along with its partner KNH Germany.

 

1: Afghanistan’s law

2: Customs and tradition

3: International documents

International documents:

1: Right to choose free job

2: Right to work outside should be their own right

3: Right of promotion in the job

4: Right of equal behaviour

5: Right of having access to all privileges of job

6: Right of health protection

7: Observing of human rights of pregnant women

This seminar was on 17 Feb 2016 in the literacy Center of OPAWC

From 9:00 o’clock up to 11:30 o’clock and it was efficient

Training for the Afshar CDC committees is one of the important activities of HAWCA carried out under the project Precious Lives funded by COSPE. In these training the awareness level of the elders and CDC members of the locality is increased in regard to EVAW law, women rights in Islam and according to Afghan constitution and all the other relevant national and international laws. The CDCs are consisting of men and women and meet once every 15 days where they discuss about the hot issues in the area. A special time is given to the issues of violence against women cases where the cases are discussed and resolved. HAWCA representative and defense lawyer for the project is requested to take part in the meetings and take over any case that is concerned with violence against women. The case is first registered and tried to solve through mediation and later on if it is not solved through mediation then it will be followed in the court of law.

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