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PRESS RELEASE

The recent incident, in which Zahra Khawari of Kabul university committed suicide, is disheartening and unfortunate, but more importantly, alarming for the situation of students in general and female students in particular at universities. To this end, w...

We identified that advocacy for women experiencing domestic violence in Afghanistan tended to overlook the phenomena of women who killed an abusive spouse. To address this gap, a team of defence lawyers and a team of Australian SAHR legal fellows investigated internati...

July 11, 2017

In November 2016, Parliament passed a law to protect women and children against harassment. A great step forward, but not enough. 

Legal aid organisation, Medica Afghanistan, led a Petition to His Excellency President Ashraf Ghani, to amend the anti-harassment law, in K...

I met Batul Moradi years ago when she moved to Afghanistan in search of a new life after spending decades as a refugee in Iran. Her creativity, resilience, and unconventional independence was a mystery to me. She worked as a painter for a children’s magazine and seeing...

February 28, 2017

Earlier this year, we worked with Medica Afghanistan to review the newly enacted Anti-Sexual Harassment Law in Afghanistan. After the review, Medica Afghanistan issued a Petition to the Presidential Office urging His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani not to ratify the...

February 18, 2017

1. The CEDAW Committee made General Recommendations on women's access to justice CEDAW/C/GC/33 in July 2015. Paragraph 19 on page 9 referred to recommendations to State parties on provision of remedies to victims. I have elaborated on these recommendations. Here is my...

February 16, 2017

We usually think of torture as an act by the State against an individual, and, usually against an individual in prison or a detention facility. But what about the beating or rape of a woman by a private actor? Now, if this were to happen by say a prison guard in a stat...

February 3, 2017

There is a strong correlation between victim satisfaction and their participation in the justice process. Around the world, specialized courts have been established to tackle family violence and sexual assault. In some countries, there are even specialized courts for s...