Advocacy meeting with Lower of House of Parliament

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation –WCLRF facilitated an advocacy meeting between the “Advocacy Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in the Peace Process” with National Assembly’s Commission on Women & Human Rights on October 8, 2017. The meeting was convened to share the committee members’ concerns and recommendation with Women and Human Rights commission as well as to harmonize all initiatives in conjunction to women, peace and security. During the meeting the committee members shared the committee’s recommendations and urged the commission to: a) make more efforts to implement the recommendations of WCLRF’s guideline; b) use the research findings in the formulation of rules, regulations and policies; c) Increase pressure on NUG to implement the National Action Plan for the 1325 resolution; and d) harmonize all activities related to women, peace and security.

Welcoming the advocacy committee’s recommendations, Mrs. Fawzia Koofi, chair of National Assembly’s Commission on Women and Human Rights said that the commission has already submitted a similar concept note to the HPC asking its leadership to make more efforts in terms of women’s meaningful participation. To this end and in order to involve more women in the HPC, she recommended that the commission with technical support from the advocacy committee must hold a joint meeting with National Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and HPC through which each party could provide updates of their accomplishments and review the existing challenges lay ahead of women

 

 

Advocacy Meeting with HPC’s Secretariat

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation –WCLRF facilitated the second advocacy meeting between the “Advocacy Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in the Peace Process” and HPC’s secretariat on October 8, 2017. The event meant to follow-up the commitments made by HPC’s secretariat as well as to discuss the Women’s Advisory Board –which is about to be established within HPC’s structure. During this meeting the committee members shared their concerns and recommendations with respect to women’s rights and ignoring their participation during peace negotiations and other relevant initiatives.

Emphasizing his previous commitments, Mr. Akram Khpalwak, head of HPC’s secretariat reaffirmed that HPC is committed to taking all the concerns of the advocacy committee and women seriously and making every efforts to address their challenges accordingly. In regard to increasing the number of women in HPC’s new composition, he added that there are 12 women as HPC’s members and advisors, four women as executive members and two women in the secretariat –in addition to secretariat’s advisor who will be newly recruited- representing women’s interests for good. He added that the HPC intends to establish The Women’s Advisory Board, combining the First Lady’s Office, Presidential and CEO Advisers, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, members of the National Assembly, the High Peace Council, and civil society in order to effectively counteract the crises and challenges women face at local and national levels. The last, he asked the advocacy committee to identify and share the list of 30 qualified women to be included in the board and to timely and effectively voice women’s concerns and challenges.

  

Mix-Workshop on Role of EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation conducted a Mix- Workshop on Role of EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women. The workshop conducted on 24-25 September 2017) in WCLRF main office, Kabul, Afghanistan.  In the program five members of EVAW provincial Commissions from target provinces (Balkh, Bamiyan, Nangarhar, Herat and Badakhshan) and five provincial trainers of WCLRF from above mentioned provinces participated.

The main objectives of the workshop were as below:

  • To exchange experiences among direct beneficiaries (Members of EVAW provincial Commissions and WCLRF provincial trainers) from five target provinces.
  • To present the content of training manual on (Roleof EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women) with participants through Mix-Workshop (ToT).

Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali director of Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) said that “the matter of sexual harassment is a social illness, the main challenges of our society which lead to decrease the participation of women in all aspect of their lives are (financial, social, cultural and political issues) therefore, we should not be silent against this phenomenon, we should cooperate each other to eliminate the roots of sexual harassment”. Director of WCLRF added in her speech that, the role of EVAW commissions as coordinator organ for implementation of EVAW law and combating of sexual harassment is vial and we will support EVAW Commission to raise their capacity and advocate for promoting their roles.

  

During above-mentioned ToT, the following issues presented by WCLRF trainers:

Understating sexual harassment, causes and consequences, perpetrator characteristics of sexual Harassment, criminalization of sexual harassment in national and international legal standards, ways to prevent sexual harassment and finally sexual harassment case management.

The participants actively participated and in the program evaluation form, the participants evaluated the program effectively, and they suggested from WCLRF to conduct such programs for other members of EVAW provincial commissions. Further, they suggested that lack of coordination is one of the main challenges among members of EVAW commissions; therefore we need to have strong coordination among members of EVAW Commissions through WCLRF programs.

Finally, WCLRF provincial trainers will conduct the same program with participation of all members of EVAW Commissions in all five-target provinces in the nearest future.

   

Awareness raising session on sexual harassment

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) in coordination with Law department of Kabul University (KU) held an awareness raising session for newly-enrolled students on Sep 12, 2017 in KU’s auditorium. In this session Mrs. Shahla Farid, KU’s law and political science professor and Mr. Mohammad Ali Fakur, WCLRF’s advocacy manager gave speeches on various aspects of sexual harassment including its nature, causes, consequences as well as its criminalization.

Mrs. Farid defined sexual harassment as perilous social disease and urged students to combat against negative, misogynistic thoughts and deeds regarding women. following that, Mr. Fakur highlighted WCLRF’s and other CSO’s achievements in this regard, saying: “A sick society produces sick individuals and it is the responsibility of academics to transform this society into a more tolerable and humane for all.” He also added added that the efforts have been made so far is by no means adequate and the extent of the SH remains highly strong. Eliminating sexual harassment needs collective efforts and the universities are the most appropriate places through which we can meet this idealism.

Round-table Discussion:

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) conducted a roundtable discussion with the member of CSOs on 20/07/2107 in WCLRF- HQ office. The main purpose of this session was to identify training issues, capacity building and effective role of CSOs on institutionalization of inclusive governance and to increase the inclusive participation of women in decision-making process. In addition, the facilitator and participants discussed on  political, cultural and social situations of women, the action of governmental authorities and CSOs for strengthening of inclusive governance particularly women’s empowerment, participation of women in decision-making process, challenges, solution and recommendation.

Training session on increasing women’s role in peace process

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation –WCLRF held a one-day training session on Increasing Women’s role in peace process on July 10, 2017. The event meant to build capacities and raise awareness on the content of WCLRF’s guideline as well as on the importance of women’s role in the peace and security process. HPC’s new members, former PPC members and probable parliamentary candidates were the training participants who are directly involved in women and peace issues at both local and national levels.

The participants were taught about the findings of WCLRF’s 2015 research report and 2016 guideline, methods of advocacy for peace-building and conflict-resolution, the importance of women’s participation in the peace and security processes. Meanwhile, the participants discussed the problems and challenges ahead of women and how they contribute to peace initiatives at national and local levels.

WCLRF succeeded to receive the appreciation certificate

Good News!!

WCLRF succeeded to receive the appreciation certificate awarded and fulfilled the set of criteria by Afghanistan Institute of Civil Society. The assessment criteria included Project management and implementation, financial and interior management, strategic planning, foreign relations, communication and human resource. WCLRF management would like to thank and congratulate this achievement to all staff and employee whose efforts have ended up with such wonderful achievement.

Engendering the Peace Process through Meaningful Engagement of Women

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation )WCLRF( conduted a conference through which unveiled the guideline titled: “Engendering the Peace Process through Meaningful Engagment of Women”. The guideline which was developed based on WCLRF:2015 research report, in addition to identifying the challenges, models of inclusion in other countries, and success stories of women , present cruicial recommendation to increase women’s participation in the peace process.
In this conference, after presenting the guideline by Mr. Mohammad Ali Fakur, Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali, WCLRF director, Mr. Zia Moballegh, HBS- Afghanistan director, Mrs. Habiba Sarabi, deputy of HPC, Mr. Riaz Sediqi, Mrs. Samira Hamidi and Mrs. Humaira Saqib, civil rights activists talked about their organizations’ comitments to support and implement the guideline. The speakers also talked about the importance of empowering women and their contribution to peace-related initiatives.

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.