Eliminating Violence against Women – 16-Days Campaign throughout Afghanistan Ends

Yesterday, a 16-days campaign that has started in Afghanistan on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) on 25th November ended. Its theme was Hear Me Too; End Violence against Women and Girls. Several Afghan Departments of Justice (DoJ) conducted related activities in their respective provinces. Representatives from various governmental entities and civil society organisations attended the events. The campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of combating violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) supported the events in Badakhshan, Balkh, Baghlan, Takhar and Kabul.

Correspondence manager at Badakhshan Department of Women Affairs (DoWA), Ms Shakila Sadaz Darwazi, emphasised: “Violence is a phenomenon which has a global history. This is not related to religion and languages and exists in all countries of the world. Violence is not just punching others. It comes in physical and mental forms. We hope that with conducting such events, we can decrease violence in our society.”

Despite the Afghan Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, violence against women remains a problem in Afghanistan. Therefore, the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs initiates campaigns starting on 25th November each year to raise awareness of violence against women among Afghan society. These events shall mobilise the Afghan population to promote the elimination of violence against women and intervene whenever it occurs. Activities took place throughout the country, including awareness events, public speeches, theatre plays and others.

Mr. Mohammad Qais Sarghand, Head of Criminal Cases Detection Department, Ministry of Interior Affairs said, “based on cultural practices women have the responsibility of managing and putting the family together. So, when women face problems, the whole family and the society face problems.”

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 25th November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to take a stand against gender-based violence. It is a call to action for governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations to come together and organise activities to raise public awareness of this issue every year.

Accompanying the campaign, ZAN TV broadcasted a debate titled Hidden Violence against Displaced Women (IDP) in Afghanistan on 9th December. High-profile Afghan officials from institutions such as the Ministry of Women´s Affairs (MoWA), Ministry of Public Health, Office of State Minister for Disaster Management Operation (ANDMA), as well as immigration and gender expert and civil society activists participated.


The programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme aims at ensuring the rule of law, a well-functioning judicial system and legal security in Afghanistan. To ensure legal security for all citizens, RoL has been supporting so-called Huquq bureaus which handled more than 80,000 civil cases since 2013. In the same time, to support higher legal education, RoL provided more than 31,500 books to law and sharia faculties, organised more than 190 courses on legal topics for students and lecturers and awarded more than 60 students with scholarships. The programme also emphasises promoting women’s rights and strengthening their access to justice as well as the job market.