Concerns International, in partnership with AWN and supported by the EU, organized a four day visit to The Hague for a delegatio
In 2012, Gender Concerns International, in cooperation with the AWN, held a three-day training session to enhance capacity in advocacy work for both civil society and women’s organisations. Over sixty participants were successfully trained to deliver effective campaigns that are focused on gender sensitive issues in Afghanistan.
In July 2012, the AWN collaborated with Gender Concerns International to discuss the implications of the Tokyo Conference on Women in Afghanistan’s declaration. One hundred and twenty women representatives from various Afghan ministries, women’s organisations and the Parliament attended the event.
In March 2012, the Gender Concerns International team carried out a mission to Afghanistan with the goal to consult with various stakeholders, regarding issues related to female inclusive participation in Afghanistan.
The mission saw members of the Gender Concerns International team, including Director Sabra Bano and Afghanistan Coordinator Melanie Hyde, attending meetings with its local partner, the AWN, the largest network of women’s organisations in Afghanistan. At the invitation of the Dutch Embassy in Kabul, Gender Concerns International also met with His Excellency Radinck van Vollenhoven to discuss female leadership and the role of women in the pursuit of the rule of law in Afghanistan. Important meetings were also held with Deputy Minister Palwasha Kakar, prominent female parliamentarian Ms. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and Professor Jawida Ahmadi to discuss the issues concerning women’s full democratic participation in Afghanistan.
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In 2009, Gender Concerns International supported an initiative of the AWN that is working to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society. AWN seeks to improve the effectiveness of its members by nurturing partnerships and collaborative efforts, undertaking advocacy and lobbying programmes, as well as conducting individual capacity building programmes.
In July 2009, Gender Concerns International and the AWN organized a Regional Stakeholders Meeting in Kabul to discuss the relevance of UNSCR1325 in promoting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan and the region through the increased involvement and participation of women in Afghan socio-political contexts. Attendees also discussed the Hague Declaration and its impact on Afghanistan. Participants included women leaders from Afghanistan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
This meeting resulted in the creation of two key proposals to improve the status of women in Afghanistan and the region. The first of these two items was the Kabul Declaration, a policy document created by the conference’s five participant countries to affirm a collective commitment to the meeting’s concluding objectives, including the need for women’s participation in the Peace Process, women’s political participation, International Development Assistance, security reforms from a gender perspective and the establishment of a regional monitoring body to oversee the progress of UNSCR 1325 in Afghanistan and the region. The second item was ‘the Platform’: a network of women’s organizations from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, India, and Uzbekistan who would focus their efforts to ensure that actions and strategic measures are implemented to promote, endorse, and enhance the Kabul Declaration and the meeting’s conclusions.
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In 2009, Gender Concerns International travelled to New York to attend the 53rd session of the CSW. The aim of the mission was to learn about the UN system and to create a female oriented approach with inclusive advocacy strategies to support its target group, women in Afghanistan, Pakistan and neighboring countries. Another goal was to create new networks and strengthen existing contacts by interacting with a wide range of women stakeholders present at the conference.