Implementation and raising awareness of the Elimination violence against the women law is tracking seriously

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10/11/2012 – Reporter: Qiam Nooori | A working group including parliamentarians, Afghan Women Network officials and civil society activists for effective awareness and better implementation of the over-mentioned law held a meeting with women affairs minister on Saturday ( 10/11/2012) to find out better mechanisms for implementing and raising the awareness of the public from the law. They have talked over the challenges of the law as well in the summit.

Based on the 8th article of the law, the women ministry affairs is obliged to not only step up preventive measures for prevention of violence cases against the women, but also make sure the other related ministries of the government is doing their best in tracking the violence cases and other related tasks in implementation of the law across the country.

The women ministry affairs, Hasan Banu Ghazanfar, said in the meeting, however the implementation of the mentioned law is faced with many tough challenges, but efforts forward better implementation of the law is going on with ultimate power. According the minister:” the very significant problem of the ministry regarding the implementing the law is the judicial branch of the state, as the cases of the women is tracking very slowly with bulk of bureaucracies in the courts. often the cases of the women, instead to be resolve within 6 months, it goes round and round for 2-3  years in the mills of the courts. After bearing many problems we became able to public the Lal Bibi and Sahar Gull cases.” Ms. Ghzanfar added:

But, the women ministry at the main time, praised the work of interior ministry for tracking the violence cases against the women across the country.

Meanwhile, the parliamentarian and women rights activists, Farkhunda Zahar Naderi said till the women should not be included in the Supreme Court, the cases of the women in courts is not supposed to be followed with fairness and transparency.

Ms. Naderi suggested, a program should be made regarding the violence against the women and should be aired through the governmental T.V. the women advocates will raise their voice for telecasting such a T.V show.

The parliamentarian and women rights activist, Dr. Nelofar Ebrahimi in the summit said, in one her visit of Badakhshan province have seen that, there is no female judges in the province courts.

Visit with professional assistant justice ministry over implementation violence against the women law

A working group including parliamentarians, Afghan Women Network officials and civil society activists for effective awareness and better implementation of the over-mentioned law held a meeting with professional assistant justice ministry to find out better mechanisms for implementing and raising the awareness of the public from the law. They have talked over the challenges of the law as well in the summit.

According to the 12th article of the law, the ministry of justice of obliged to not only hold up preventive measures for preventing the violence against the women, but also hold up workshops and seminars for rising the awareness of the governmental staffs of the law.

In the meeting the Ms. Naderi added the one of the main reasons of increasing violence against the women is lack of public awareness of the law, thus the ministry of justice should raise such awareness.

The professional assistant of justice ministry, Sayeed Yousef Haleem, highlighted the justice ministry have done remarkable tasks regarding the public awareness of the law and more works are yet to come:” Our rights directorate have distributed nearly 100,000 leaflets, brochures and spots regarding awareness of the people from the so-called law. In the legal assistance, if someone asks for such a help, the dept will provide such assistance at the spot and actually providing such services is one our priorities. Last year, we had only 7 staffs in providing legal services, by the time we have 13 staffs fortunately and the number such services will cover up whole Afghanistan by the next year.” Mr. Haleem added:

In between, the AWN advocacy office in-charge, Wida Latif emphasized over presence of a witness from civil society in the high commission of the elimination violence against the women: “ Our suggestion is that, a member of civil society should have a physical presence to the summits of the commission, to be able to share the works of the commission to other civil society members as well.:”

The assistant ministry promised to help and co-operate the civil society regarding presence of civil society member in the summits of the high commission for elimination violence against the women.

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