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DQG, Tawanmandi join hands to promote women’s causes

DQG, Tawanmandi join hands to promote women’s causes

Aug 16, 2012 - 15:42

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon) Da Qanoon Ghushtonky (DQG) -- Law Seekers -- is a civil societyinfo-icon organisation that works to increase Afghan womeninfo-icon’s access to justice and curb violence against them.

Freshta Karimi, the DQG head, explains the role of her organisation: “We provide free legal support to women, especially in family cases. We also arrange legal training workshops for defence lawyers.”

About the partnership between DQG and Tawanmandi, she says: “We are raising awareness about the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law among people, parliamentarians and government officials.”

She adds: “EVAW is yet to be passed by parliament. The purpose of the law is to counter practices and behaviours that are against Islam and victimise women.”

Through a Tawanmandi grant, DQG publishes posters and billboards that point to articles of EVAW. While distributing the posters, DQG member Maryam says: “These posters are large and have graphics that are easy to understand.”

The posters are inscribed with messages like “selling women is a crime”, “forcing women into marriage is a crime”. Visually aided by simple cartoons, the posters are distributed widely across 17 provinces of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Maryam, a DQG and staffer who also helps with the distribution process, says: “We post these in schools, governmental offices, civil society organisations, shops and other places that have visibility. We hand posters to people to take them home and share with others.”

About the impact of their work, Freshta says: “People have started to talk about violence against women. We have helped them think and talk about it.”



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