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Despite Afghanistan prosecuting more and more under the 2009 Elimination of Violence Against Women Law, a new UN Report suggests that much more needs to be done to protect Afghanistan’s women, reports Latifi for AlJazeera.
After a 12 month investigation into 22 of Afghanistan’s provinces, the UN has found that although prosecutors are making increasing use of the law, much more needs to be done in order to provide protect to Afghan women. This report was released just one day after the acting Director for Women’s Affairs, Laghman Province was killed and five months after her predecessor was killed by a magnetic car bomb. The report also outlines how female officials often lack the appropriate security detail that is readily supplied to male counterparts. The UN report questions why female officials travel in motorised rickshaws, lack blast-resistant offices or intelligence alerts considering the vast amount of foreign aid that is pouring onto the country.
Wazhma Frogh, executive director of the Research Institute for Women, Peace and Security told Al Jazeera that she believed the country was “going backwards” and that the deaths of female officials Safi and Siddiqi shows little progress since the introduction of the new set of laws in 2009. In their recommendations to the government in Kabul, the report suggested they “publicly emphasise that promotion and protection of women’s rights is an integral part and main priority of peace and reconciliation throughout Afghanistan”.
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