OPAWC representatives participated in a one day conference on initiatives taken to eliminate violence against women and its impact on the community. The conference was held on 31 December 2015 by HAWCA (Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan), the European Commission and Womankind. Representatives from the capital city and provinces, judicial members, Head of Family forum and members from legal institutions participated. Each participant forwarded their own experience in their areas regarding different kinds of violence they experienced.
The participants discussed several issues such as the existing problems between government and non-government institutions regarding empowerment of women and steps taken for elimination of violence against women, the role of civil society in furtherance of violence cases against women, reports on prosecution of cases of violence against women based on the EVAW (Elimination of Violence Against Women) law and its impact on the community.
HAWCA provincial representatives gave a brief report on their activities in West and East regarding this issue which were appreciated by the audience, who praised HAWCA for their valuable activities.
Some participants noted that the EVAW law is not effective because it has not been approved by the Parliament yet and since it came into use the cases of violence have increased. The answer to this argument was that the cases increased because people, in particular women, are becoming aware of their rights and their level of knowledge has risen. In the villages and districts where there are no education and awareness programs there is no case of EVAW law application.
In summary, the conference concluded that the effort of the civil institutions working for enhancing the education and knowledge of the women and their achievement was effective and positive. All institutions working in reducing violence against women should continue to work even more dedicated than in the past.