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/

Training Manual Gender Mainstreaming In National Economic Policies

How does national economic policy impact the lives of women? This question is increasingly important as states begin to recognize that no country can advance economically, without better economic conditions for half of its population: women. We know now that economic development is closely linked to the status of women. When women are outside of the labor force, when they lack education, when they have limited access to land and other
productive assets, when they cannot obtain credit or financial services, the national economic output faces severe constraints. Gender inequalities in the economic sector keep countries at low productive capacity, and hence, poor.
However, when women have the rights, resources, skills and support, they can be powerful forces of economic growth. But there must be an enabling environment in place for women to seize and exercise their rights, and this requires progressive policy, gender equal laws, and political institutions prepared to uphold mechanisms that give women equitable access to economic opportunity. National economic policy is a critical starting point, one that
sets the tone for other policies and practices that determine the degree to which women can participate in, and benefit from, a state’s economic wealth.

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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.

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.

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.

Awareness Raising training sessions for 300 women

WCLRF conducted 10 training sessions for 300 women from Balkh and Nangarhar on December 2016 to January 2017. The training sessions addressed a wide range of women participants including youths, women’s rights activists and governmental staff. The main objective of the training sessions was to enable women to fight for their fundamental rights, especially their political rights and their inclusion in the peace processes. Besides, they were taught about the contents of a manual to understand the basic definition of peace, the role of women in this process and how best they would impact on the consequences of local peace-building initiatives. The participants greatly welcomed the sessions, promising to spread the message of the session in their communities and contribute to development issues, especially with respect to the local peace initiatives. The trainer conducted pre and post assessment to evaluate the level of awareness of the participants before and after conducting the training. And as our evaluation forms show, enormous changes came about directly after teaching the training materials.

Bad Painful Sedative

The Foundation as a newly-established but totally committed institution decided to take a practical action in disclosing one of the worst social injustices that is inflicted upon our sisters in thename of a tradition.10Yes! This tradition is called “Bad”. It is apparently one of the best conflict resolution and peace-building mechanisms between two tribes or families, but is a real practical form of the exploitation of women and children as slaves. “Bad, a Painful Tranquiliser” is a report prepared by the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation. This report was once developed as a preliminary report based on limited data collected from Kabul City outskirts, which was fortunately interesting to a
large number of readers. “Bad, a Painful Tranquiliser” provides a description on women’s
and children’s pains and sufferings that are caused as a result of customary practices. The present report has been written on the basis of a research conducted by the Foundation in over 10 Afghan provinces. This report has been drafted by a group of researchers including Judge Nafisa Kabuli, Abdul Hamid Razaq, Niloofar Qadiri and Maliha Mir and finalised by Hangama Anwari. We also acknowledge the HBF for their generous support and assistance in completing the present report.

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