Promoting Women’s Rights: Awareness Event for Informal Justice Actors in Takhar

Today, a three-day awareness event on women’s rights in Islamic and statutory law for relevant stakeholders in the Afghan justice sector ended in Taloqan, Takhar. In total, 50 people including religious scholars, influential elders as well as members of Jirgas and Shuras participated. Takhar’s Department of Hajj and Religious Affairs (DoHRA) implemented the training. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) facilitated the event.

One influential elder from Takhar’s Rustaq district, Mr Norrullah Noori, commented: “I have learned a lot about women’s rights. I hope many scholars and other influential people will get the chance to participate in such events, too.” An Islamic scholar from Taloqan added: “The training has helped me to understand women’s rights according to statutory laws and international conventions and how to support them.”

Many informal justice providers’ knowledge of women’s rights is limited. The activity aimed at raising participants’ awareness of these rights. They further learned where to refer women’s cases for effective processing. Women will benefit from informal justice providers’ improved performance and increased knowledge of their rights. An attending local council’s deputy, Ms Shabana Qayomi, emphasised: “During the event I got to know practical aspects of the law and women’s rights. I can apply what I have learned here in my daily work when resolving disputes that involve women.”

The training is part of many activities that aim at raising awareness of women’s rights among Afghan justice providers, both formal and informal. Similar awareness events already took place in capital Kabul and in the provinces Balkh, Takhar, Jawzjan, Samangan, Baghlan, Kunduz and, most recently, Badakhshan.

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 30,000 books to law and sharia faculties, conducted more than 150 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.

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