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Insecurity seen behind increasing violations of women’s rights

Insecurity seen behind increasing violations of women’s rights

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Feb 14, 2016 - 17:13

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A rights watchdogs on Sunday alleged the deteriorating security environmentinfo-icon was driving up violence against womenin northern Balkh province.

Thegroup also hit out at the government for not taking decisive action against the violators of womeninfo-icon rights. The tepid governmental response emboldened such elements.

Hameeda Safar, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Women Network (AWN) chief, expressed the view in a gathering organized to remember Farkhunda, who was brutally killed by a mob in Kabulinfo-icon last year.

She said Farkhunda had been forgotten by everyone as the government refused to take decisive action against abusers of women rights, and let them off the hook by mot pursuing cases against the accused.

Safar demanded a thoroughgoing investigation of the Farkhunda case, saying they would continue organising similar events in collaboration with other civil societyinfo-icon organisations to seek justice over the high-profile murder.

Khumari Haidari, the Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief for Balkh, said 135 incidents of violence against women had been registered in the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon, showing a 20 increase.

Also Shahla Hadid, the women affairs director, admitted insecurity contributed to fuelling violence against women in the northern region of the country. Poverty, lawlessnessand ignorance also among the factors behind the violations of women’s rights.

She said the ministry concerned, in coordination with civil society organisations, had been working hard to improve the overall women’srights situation and promote awareness in this regard.

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