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Evaluation of project in Afghanistan (2009-2013) shows: Empowerment of women and girls successful

Expert Laure Saporta about the evaluation in Afghanistan (2009-2013): "Knowledge trough the snowball effect"

In July 2009 Medica Afghanistan and the women’s organisation Women for Afghanistan started a project: Social Support and Legal Help for women either threatened by violence or imprisoned, and their children. In November 2012, Laure Saporta, an independent expert evaluated the project on behalf of medica mondiale. The results show that the situation for women and children has clearly improved. The Children Support Centre has proved to be an important institution, currently supporting approximately 160 children, four times more than originally planned.


The Afghan "Elimination of Violence Against Women Law" (EVAW Law), which was passed in 2009, is the first law in Afghanistan to criminalise violence against women. This law is a milestone in the fight for Afghan women's and girl's rights. However, since May 18th, 2013 there is reason for concern as the Afghan parliament might weaken or even completely remove the law. A study published by medica mondiale and Medica Afghanistan in June 2013 analyses specific legal cases and thereby illustrates reasons for the slow implementation of the law.