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03 December 2014

medica mondiale demands: Strengthen the Afghan anti-violence law!

On December 4, 2014, the London Afghanistan Conference will take place with representatives from 50 countries and 24 international organisations. The new Afghan government and the international donor community will negotiate future conditions for their co-operation concerning civil reconstruction. medica mondiale and Medica Afghanistan are calling for the upholding of women’s rights to be made a condition for further financial support for the country.

In the run-up to the international negotiations in London, Medica Afghanistan held a unique conference on November 16, 2014, in Kabul on the Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW Law). Some 150 government delegates, politicians, religious leaders, police leaders and experts from the international community and Afghan civil society followed the invitation and took part in discussions on strategies to improve implementation of the anti-violence law.

More women for the Afghan police, more prosecution, more education

Practical recommendations from the staff of Medica Afghanistan included increasing the proportion of women police officers, establishing a countrywide database to register acts of violence against women and girls, and public awareness campaigns. Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale supported these demands in her speech: “I call on all participants in the London conference to rally together effectively and demand the strengthening of women’s rights in Afghanistan and the enforcement of the EVAW law. This should be made a binding component of any agreements made.”

More Information about that topic:

Medica Afghanistan: Position Paper for the implementation of EVAW Law

The EVAW Law in Medica Afghanistan's legal aid practice (Second Report)