Advocacy committee’s coordination meeting

Following the advocacy meeting of the Advocacy Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in the Peace Process with HPC’s secretariat, WCLRF facilitated a coordination meeting between the committee members on May 30, 2017 at AWN’s main office. The meeting aimed to discuss and set the selection criteria of qualified candidates to be included in the HPC’s structure, and to finalize the list of qualified candidates for their inclusion in Provincial Peace Committees as well as to introduce the qualified candidates to HPC before June 01, 2017.
During the meeting the committee members discussed and finalized the criteria and based on those criteria, five people were nominated as the secretariat’s advisor and four people as head of office. Finally, it was decided that the nominees must send their CVs to WCLRF by the end of today and WCLRF will share it with HPC’s secretariat

Advocacy Committee’s Bi-monthly Coordination Meeting


The first bi-monthly coordination meeting of Advocacy Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in the Peace Process was held at WCLRF’s main office on April 24, 2017. The meeting generally aimed to coordinate between members of the advocacy committee and to introduce the new members to the committee and its mandates and most importantly to determine the committee’s future activities.
The committee members agreed to contemplate on the title and contents of the Women’s manifesto on Peace, Security and Political Participation which is intended to be developed for the candidates of the upcoming parliamentary elections. All the same, the participants talked on the committee’s brief note which is about to be shared with the state officials and emphasized that the proposed issues must be clear, exact and to the point in order to have their commitments in the aftermath. They promised to give their comments within a week.

WCLRF Structure

WCLRF Vision ,Mission and Value:
Vision:
Afghanistan free of discrimination and gender inequality.
Mission:
Creation of a safe and peaceful environment through empowering women & children:
We understand and realize the mission of WCLRF as follow;
To find and analyze the root causes of problems of women and children
To mobilize women to work strategically for solving problems
To raise awareness
To facilitate dialogues on women and children rights
To advocate for change.
Values:
Equality;
Non-discrimination;
Mutual respect;
Action-oriented;
Democracy;
Human Rights/women rights;
Transparency and accountability;
Tolerance and coexistence;
Trust and commitment;

Awareness Raising

TRAINING&AWARENESSRAISINGSESSIONS:

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation) WCLRF(conducted different awareness raising programs.For better implementation of these programs, the program’s purpose, the subject and title, the level of trainingsessions,and duration of awareness raisingwere determined by WCLRF team. WCLRFalso have conducted different types of educational and capacity building programs such as daily programs, monthly programsand annual programs.  In the awareness raising sessions- the type of program, the quality of each program were based on the necessityand scheme ofexpertise).

In addition, the organization hasconducted different types ofawareness raising programssuch as,conducting conferences atnational, provincialand regional levels and conducting awareness raising programs through Mullah’s of mosques especially, on Friday prayer’s speeches. Further, a series of roundtable discussionsatdifferent levels, were conducted by WCLF. Meanwhile, the organization has conductedone-day, two-day and three-day awareness raising trainings for specific beneficiaries based on the selected subjects. Other activities include conducting Focus Group Discussions and consultation meetings.

Similarly, WCLRF, conducted awareness raising throughbroadcasting spots, billboards, distribution of brochures, posters,and calendar which contain the messages on women and children rights.

TOPICS OF AWARENESS RAISING SESSIONS:

  1. Training manual on methodof research for social sciences area.
  2. Training manual on method of research for local researchers.
  3. Training manual on methods of legal research, especially onelimination of violence against women fromreligious and legal perspectives.
  4. Training manual on adoption of gendermainstreaming issues in Afghan national economic policy.
  5. Training manual on women’seconomic empowerment and allocation of budget for gender issues.
  6. Training manual on role of inheritance on long-term progress of women’s lives.
  7. Educational handbook on role of Mullas (religious people) and marriage registration officer on women’s economic empowerment.).
  8. Educational handbook onthe elimination of sexual harassment against women and girls.

Advocacy

Advocacy is a mechanism through which the CSOs, social and political activists, and other existed structures make efforts to bring about various changes considering their common dreams and peoples’ good. Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) too played its part to reinstate a free-violence society, secure women and girls’ rights, advocate for policy changes and implementations with respect to the legal and jurisprudential and humanitarian rights. WCLRF has made efficient advocacy efforts on various topics at community, provincial and national levels since its establishment in 2003. The organization has exploited different approaches and methods to achieve the below achievements:
1. Advocate for women’s access to economic rights (Mahr, inheritance, alimony and property);
2. Advocate for women’s access to education;
3. Advocate for enacting family law;
4. Advocate for coordination against sexual harassment;
5. Advocate for women’s political participation in Afghanistan;
6. Advocate for increasing women’s participation in the peace process.

Research

Knowledge and awareness has been considered any country’s most important progressiveness and development indicator. Researches on various subjects to any extent and exploiting with any method can function as unified and systematic efforts which would end up with community’s development and awareness raising.  All academic and method-based research on social, economic, political and cultural issues lead to finding the best possible solutions for emerging challenges at different levels. Overall, research is a mechanism through which we can extent the knowledge boundaries as well as open new development channels for next generations. Thus, WCLRF played its part by conducting researches to identify women and children’s challenges and to figure out the root causes of perpetuating these challenges and eventually to be able to find the best possible solutions. Dozens of researches in different parts of Afghanistan have been carried out since its establishment. Each research report has focused on a certain challenge of women and tried to identify the causes, perpetuating elements, kinds and consequences and finally present practical solution ways. Further, all findings along with the solution ways have been simultaneously shared with local decision maker and national policy makers as well as other relevant governmental, non-governmental and international organizations.

 

WCLRF’s research report list:

  1. Women’s Access to Justice
  2. Violence Against Women
  3. Wife Battering
  4. Women’s political participation in Afghanistan;
  5. Early marriage;
  6. Polygamy
  7. Women’s economic independence in Afghanistan;
  8. situation of girl children in Family;
  9. Women’s Rights to Inheritance and property
  10. Bad: A Painful Sedative in Afghanistan
  11. Women’s equal access to marriage right;
  12. Review of running away cases research report;
  13. A glance on “Customs and traditions violating women’s rights”;
  14. Access to the Right of Identity Cards and Registration of Births in Afghanistan
  15. Extravagant Expenditures on Weddings
  16. Study on the Impact of Proverbs Against Women in Afghanistan
  17. A Look Into the Practice of Child Naming in Afghanistan
  18. Violence Against Women (report; and documentary film);
  19. Seize the vote (Women’s political participation in Afghanistan);
  20. Advancing women’s and girls’ rights to protection under the EVAW Law;
  21. Identifying the causes and solution ways of sexual harassment against women and girls in Afghanistan;
  22. Sexual harassment against women and girls
  23. Legal mechanism of women’s access to inheritance in Islamic countries;
  24. Women’s participation in the Peace Process.

 

Publication

To have the mission effectually accomplished, Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) run publication activities in addition to research, advocacy and awareness raising efforts. To mobilize the communities as well as to lobby and influence the policy making structures, various subjects and topics including summary of research reports’ findings, community’s facts, status of women and children, awareness raising issues, specific authenticate issues are being reflected on through our publication. As our initial steps, a bi-weekly, then monthly, afterward quarterly journal was being published for a certain amount of time. However, considering the effectuality of our efforts and the society’s need, WCLRF ceased its journal publication, but instead by benefiting audio and visual media, billboards lay out, brochure distribution and etc. endeavoured to convey the messages more effectively. Therefore, the most up-to-date methods are being used to carry out publication efforts through below tools:

  1. “Waqeyat”, research-legal magazine;
  2. Documentary, violence against women;
  3. Jurmana, advocacy-based movie on “Bad” term in Afghanistan;
  4. Local music, on children rights;
  5. Drama on “Bad” tradition in Afghanistan;
  6. Drama on women’s dowry rights;
  7. Drama on women’s alimony rights;
  8. WCLRF’s website: wclrf.org.af
  9. WCLRF’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/wclrf/?fref=ts
  10. Facebook page combating sexual harassment:http://www.facebook.com/

Conference regarding the findings of a research Report on “Participation of Women in the Peace Process”

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) along with other activities and research on women and children rights, currently conducted a research aiming to evaluate the role of women participation in the peace process, understating of the patterns of participation, women’s requests and suggestions for the peace process. This study was a qualitative research conducted in Kabul, Badakhshan, Balkh, and Nangarhar provinces. The participants of this research was from governmental authorities and experts in the field of peace studies such as member of peace high council, members of provincial peace committees, civil society activists, lectures and other participants they were attended in dialogues sessions and events related to peace buildings.

The findings of this research shows that ,without considering the interest of different categories of people especially the role of women in the peace process that  peace will not be pervasive, stable and permanent. This is because women along with other categories of society faced challenges and pains more than others. Women have rights to participate in national landmarks events such as peace process; they can participate effectively in the peace process, their rights must  accepted as fundamental right, the peace process should create limitation for women.

This research report evaluated the challenges of women in the peace process and finally proposed the best solutions on active participation of women in this vital process.