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Violence against women 38pc down in Afghanistan

Violence against women 38pc down in Afghanistan

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Dec 11, 2018 - 16:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Violence against womeninfo-icon declined by 38 percent this year compared to the previous year, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs said on Tuesday, at the conclusion of 16 days of activities aimed at raising awareness about ending violence against females.

Spogmay Wardak, secretary policy and planning at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, told reporters in Kabul that last year until this time 6,600 incidents of violence against women had been registered while this year during the same period 4,100 incidents happened.

She credited implementation of law, increase in awareness regarding women’s rights in Islam, the elimination of violence against women law and introduction of code of conduct regarding women harassment for the decreased crimes against the gender.

Wardak said as part of the 16-day campaign in Kabul and provinces,  her ministry organized different awareness related events on women rights and their responsibilities.

Asadullah Mohaqiq, a senior official of the Ministry of Educationinfo-icon, said public awareness events were organized in six Kabul schools during the campaign period.

He said women’s and girls’ harassment happened in all government institutions including the MoE, stressing a strong campaign in this regard.

Farzana Akbari, head of the Gender Department at the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, citing a survey, said 80 percent of women inside their family environmentinfo-icon were tortured and 70 percent men believed they had right to beat their women.

She said the MoPH provided facilities to hundreds of women and girls who had been sexually exploited.

Akbari said the MoPH also organised different awareness events regarding women’s rights in Kabul and provinces.

Mohammad Qais, head of the Interior Ministry’s Detective Department, said violence against women remained a huge challenge, which needed a strong and effective campaign to be addressed.

“Efforts are being made to help the victims feel secure right at the time of reporting to police,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Interior conducted programs and seminars regarding violence against women during the 16-day campaign.

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