In the Life

Letter from Afghanistan

To have a peer look on over all, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening day by day specially in term of security. However during past five years some achievements has been made in different aspects, but still the situation remains fragile and effects the Afghan lives particularly women.

Security remains as a big challenge towards development, and harmfully affects women life. Women cannot gather and move freely with fear of mistreatment. They have to consider limitations in each aspect of their life and their activities.

Life in Kabul is not more than to walk in long dark tunnel with no end and no green light for bright future. Women are still suffering from violence, abuse, rape, homelessness, joblessness, kidnapping, and suicide bomb attacks. Moreover only a minority of women have access to higher education. Although some measures have been taken in the past five years from government side and CSOs to pave the opportunity through different programs and activities for women, yet, it is not adequate to overcome challenges and induce a positive aftermath.

For instance, violence against women constantly has been a big issue in the recent years in Afghanistan, to overcome this big challenge government and CSOs designed and implemented different program and activities including awareness workshops, legal consultations, safe homes, shelters, but the data shows from 2002 up to now violence has been increased.

Passing EVAW law from the government of Afghanistan, itself is a great success and a big achievement for the CSOs at the moment, but passing bills is not enough and effective unless to implement. We have well written on women rights in Afghan constitution, but all these rights are confined within piece of paper, and very rarely have been put in practice. In order to bring a positive change in women life the law needs to be implemented.

Furthermore, lack of access to health services and education also remain as challenges towards women life. The number of girls who are going to school is less than half of the boys going to school even in some provinces like Zabul the ratio is %3 / %97. The reason behind this issue is poverty, security challenges and shortage of female schools.

What we expect from international community and donor agencies is to invest for long term programs that pave the way for women and girls to have access to education. And make sure they have access to health services, justice, and help women economically through establishing factories, and serving them with job opportunities in different arenas.

Leeda Yaqoobi