Focus Group Discussion with Women’s rights activists

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) conducted the third Focused Group Discussion (FGD) on August 29, 2016 with women’s rights activists. The FGD aimed to collect rich data for developing the intended guideline: “Engendering the Afghanistan Peace Process through Meaningful Engagement of Women”. The guideline which was planned to be developed based upon and act as a tool for advocating WCLRF’s 2015 research on women’s participation in the peace process.

In this session different topics including women’s impacts on peace process, women’s direct contribution to formal and informal peace process, how women have tried to shift the policy agenda in the peace process, dilemmas in peacemaking and barriers to women’s meaningful participation and what are the specific challenges women face in the community. The participants some which had come from Farza and Mirbacha Kot clearly stated women’s challenges and problems in the concerned districts and that women are involved in community peace-making process.

Focus Group Discussion with HPC members

In 2015 WCLRF launched a research report titled: “Women’s Participation in the Peace Process”. The research targeted HPC’s achievements, challenges and barriers to women’s participation in the peace process and the recommendations which best support women’s participation. The most prevailing recommendations to National Unity Government, HPC and international community were to: increase the number of women in the peace process, establish defined, clear and effective roles for women in the peace process, transfer women’s involvement from informal to formal peace processes, coordinate peace and security efforts among the networks and institutions working for peace, provide the information related on peace for citizens, especially for women, include women’s participation in the national action plan and the plan for the implementing resolution 1325, establish an advocacy committee and /or a practical guideline to follow up with women’s demands, and supports by international community.

To follow up the recommendations of WCLRF’s research report on “Women’s participation in the peace process” in 2015, to develop a guideline for strengthening women’s roles in the peace process, WCLRF conducted a Focused Group Discussion (FGD) on August 22, 2016 with women members of High Peace Council (HPC). The FGD aimed to accumulate rich data for developing the intended guideline: “Engendering the Afghan Peace Process through Meaningful Engagement of Women”.

In this session different topics including women’s impact on peace process, dilemmas in peacemaking and barriers to women’s participation and strategies for meaningful participation were thoroughly discussed. The participants stated women’s challenges and achievements, and provided information on the functionality of new HPC composition, the strategy on which HPC is currently working and the recommendations which support women’s meaningful participation both in peace processes and the other socio-political eras.

Women's Participation in Peace Process

Without women, peace processes are not sustainable, pervasive, or just. Considering gender before, during, and after the peace process is synonymous with overseeing the balance and harmony of the peace. This approach emphasizes female participation and believes in a compromise between the genders when approaching peace, developing expectations of peace, and establishing pre-conditions in peace processes. This gender-inclusive approach allows men and women to participate equally in peace building and contribute equally to the implementation of peace programs; this participation should allow both men and women the independence to express their needs for a peace building process, as opposed to creating a predominantly male discussion that women simply uphold. Therefore, while a peace process will never be ideal, we can say that a gender-responsive peace process has the potential to contribute to a comprehensive peace process that is as fair and balanced as possible. A peace that is based on the omission, denial, and subjugation of women would be fragile; the peace would be simply prejudice, as well as promote violence against women and the repetition of a chain of violence and conflicts. In addition to examining the participation of women in peace processes, it is important to also look at the deliverables of a peace agreement. In one part of the research, “peace” and “peace process” should be defined.

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About Us

About Women and Children Legal Research Foundation

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) registered March 2002 in the Ministry of Economy in Afghanistan. It is a women rights defender and research organization and focus on research on women and children issues, awareness raising, women and girls empowerment, publications and advocacy to influence decision and policy makers towards women benefits and rights. WCLRF keeps efforts for empowering women and girls in Afghanistan. WCLRF’s Central office located in Kabul and has two sub offices in Balkh and Nangarhar provinces.
WCLRF Strategy and Program Focus
WCLRF works to empower women and girls to take active part in the social, cultural, and economic and political process. Although, the Constitution guarantee women’s equal rights but Afghan women still face significant challenges. Beside women empowerment there is need to research and to ensure advocacy of the implementation of women right is evidence based. WCLRF uses below strategies in reaching its objectives:
Research: to find the basic needs of women and girls and discover the root causes of the problems women are facing in securing their equal rights.
Public awareness: Afghanistan is a traditional society and the mentality of citizens towards women are conservative. WCLRF use public awareness as a tool that is targeting communities and as well as the service providers to contribute towards creation of safe environment for the women and girls in this country.
Advocacy: for women rights institutionalization we need to review and analyze the existing laws and policies. WCLRF consider advocacy as an effective tool to influence laws and policies. WCLRF’s actively involved in leading advocacy campaigns i.e. campaign for approval of family law and participating in the campaigns launched by other civil society organizations and Afghan Women Network.

 

Our Achievements

·          Bad painful sedative in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Women political participation in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Impact of traditional practices on women in Afghanistan (Conference)

·          َA look into the way of children naming in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Polygamy in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Women economic independence in Afghanistan (Research)

·          A glance on cases of Running away from house in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Bad violence against women in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Access to right of identity and registration of births in Afghanistan (Research

·          Extravagant expenses in weddings (Research)

·          Studying impact of proverbs against women in Afghanistan (Research)

·          Lack access of girls to school  (Poster)

·          Physical violence against women in Afghanistan (Poster)

·          Jurmana- Advocacy film about reform of Bad in Afghan Society.

·          Bad (Radio Drama)

·          Lack access of girls to school ( Two types of Poster and spot)

·          Early marriages (Poster and Spot)

·          Legal and research Magazine “Waqeyat” (Reality)

·          Local song clip, Reflects violence against women in Afghanistan

Our Fundemental Principles

All affairs in the WCLRF will undertake with due respect to the following principles:·

  1. Respect to Islamic values and principles
  2. Discovering and disclosing the unfair social structures and systems.
  3. Respect the confidentiality of the information & identity of the victims;

Our Strategies

  1. Conduct research programs about women and children problems in Afghanistan.
  2. Conduct Seminars and conferences.
  3. Arrange workshops for local communities to increase awareness as findings of research.
  4. Distribute research reports of foundation in Communities and relevant government sectors with aim the protection of women and children.
  5. Publication of Waqeyat (Reality) Bimonthly magazine that reflect the issues of women and children in Afghanistan.

Who We Are

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) registered March 2002 in the Ministry of Economy in Afghanistan. It is a women rights defender and research organization and focus on research on women and children issues, awareness raising, women and girls empowerment, publications and advocacy to influence decision and policy makers towards women benefits and rights. WCLRF keeps efforts for empowering women and girls in Afghanistan. WCLRF’s Central office located in Kabul and has two sub offices in Balkh and Nangarhar provinces.
WCLRF Strategy and Program Focus:
WCLRF works to empower women and girls to take active part in the social, cultural, and economic and political process. Although, the Constitution guarantee women’s equal rights but Afghan women still face significant challenges. Beside women empowerment there is need to research and to ensure advocacy of the implementation of women right is evidence based. WCLRF uses below strategies in reaching its objectives:
Research: to find the basic needs of women and girls and discover the root causes of the problems women are facing in securing their equal rights.
Public awareness: Afghanistan is a traditional society and the mentality of citizens towards women are conservative. WCLRF use public awareness as a tool that is targeting communities and as well as the service providers to contribute towards creation of safe environment for the women and girls in this country.
Advocacy: for women rights institutionalization we need to review and analyze the existing laws and policies. WCLRF consider advocacy as an effective tool to influence laws and policies. WCLRF’s actively involved in leading advocacy campaigns i.e. campaign for approval of family law and participating in the campaigns launched by other civil society organizations and Afghan Women Network.

Vision

  Vision statement: 

A just society for all where the citizens especially women and children know their fundamental rights and practice their rights freely.

We understand and realize the WCLRF vision as follow:

  • To grantee the fundamental rights of women and children rights to democratic legislation system,
  • To work for better life style and economic in dependency of women and children by advocating for necessary domestic laws.
  • To fights against harmful traditional practices.
  • To do proper awareness raising programs on these laws.
  • To advocate for inclusion of women in decision making process and discussions that affect their lives negatively or positively.

Mission

Mission statement: 

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.