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20 November 2014

“Do not forget Afghanistan”

Press release: Cologne, November 20, 2014. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, medica mondiale is calling for more support for Afghan women’s organisations. “I can see progress but there is still a lot to do if we want to achieve sustainable improvements in the life of people in Afghanistan, in particular women and girls,” says Monika Hauser, founder of the women’s rights organisation medica mondiale. “We should not forget Afghanistan. Quite the opposite, in fact: the German government and international community have to assume responsibility and continue their support for civil reconstruction. At least 30 per cent of international aid should be earmarked for women’s organisations.”

Positive developments include plans by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to establish a committee for women’s issues. The idea is to bring together 30 female experts who will meet the President on a monthly basis to advise him on issues such as equal rights in the judicial sector, political participation, healthcare, education, peace and security. This proposal is welcomed by Humaira Rasuli, Director of Medica Afghanistan, the Afghan partner organisation of medica mondiale: “We would like to participate in this committee and contribute towards the firm anchoring of women’s rights within Afghan politics, justice and society.”

Monika Hauser: "Violence still characterises everyday life for many Afghan women."

According to Monika Hauser, the equal rights written into the constitution are far from becoming reality: in fact, violence still characterises everyday life for many Afghan women. Despite this difficult situation, some women – thanks to support such as that provided by Medica Afghanistan – have been able to overcome their experiences of violence and are fighting for their rights. medica mondiale is demanding ongoing public awareness work to bring an end to the socially accepted violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. The tireless and courageous commitment of women’s activists in the whole country cannot be praised highly enough.

Do not forget Afghanistan. The world is gradually forgetting” – this is the slogan being used in a worldwide campaign from ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development). ACBAR is a networking and information platform for 128 national and international NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Medica Afghanistan is participating in the initiative.