Achieved Date
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Implementation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Law
Human Rights
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2015
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Promise Background
The Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law, passed by former President Karzai's Presidential Decree in 2009, made rape a crime for the first time and outlawed forced and underage marriage and physical and verbal abuse. However, the law has been poorly implemented in Afghanistan's judiciary system. Reports show that while the number of complaints invoking the law have risen to 28% in the 2012-2013 period, the number of prosecutions only increased by 2%. During his pre-election campaign, President Ghani committed to fully implementing the EVAW law should he be elected into office.

Indicators to Measure Progress
  • 1. Policies and procedures introduced to ensure the effective implementation of the EVAW law
  • 2. Increased number of prosecutions for perpetrators of violence against women
  • 3. Independent reports confirming improved implementation of EVAW law

May 2015: Kabul Primary Court Judge Saifullah Mujadidi on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four suspects to death in the brutal killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda in March.

Status Updated By: Tolo News

March 2015: The murder of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old woman, by a mob in the middle of Kabul called into question the government’s ability and commitment to protecting women from violence and effectively implement the EVAW law. The Kabul Police were heavily criticized for failing to take any action to stop the brutal mob attack on Farkhunda.

Status Updated By: Tolo News

March 2015: Afghanistan joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8, with women's advocacy groups using the opportunity to shed greater light on the continued struggle of Afghan women to overcome historic mistreatment, ongoing injustices and institutionalized inequality. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) reported a 15 percent increase in violence against women over the past year.