Report on Implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 2010-14
After fall of Taliban, and as a country in transition, Afghanistan is faced with many political, social, cultural and economic challenges. In the past three decades, the
people of Afghanistan, especially women, faced various challenges but despite that,the State of Afghanistan has witnessed a series of achievements in past thirteen
years by cooperation of international community.
Fortunately, after the fall of the Taliban regime and establishment of the new government and widespread presence of the international community, the situation changed. At the same time, the international community’s contribution made the people of Afghanistan hopeful for establishment of a strong government that
was expected to end past challenges and problems and a give a message of peace, tranquility and unity among all ethnic
groups and equally defend from the rights of all citizens, especially that of women.
Ministry of Women Affairs was established under the new government structure to defend from women’s rights. This is considered a big achievement. Also, during drafting of the Afghan Constitution, a series of consultation sessions were convened among different Afghan social groups, especially with women, and much attention was paid to clearly place the rights of women in the Constitution. The Afghan Constitution was approved in the presence of people’s representatives, both men and women, from all over the country, in early 2004.
In addition to the placement of women’s rights in the Constitution, other laws and commissions such as the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Protection of Family Law, Afghanistan
Independent Human Rights Commission, the High Commission for Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Commission for Addressing Child and Women Sexual Abuse Cases etc. have been
codified and established to protect Afghan women’s rights, with good results reported.
Many efforts have been made to protect women’s rights through the government and international organizations and entities, which are seen as development in
improvement of women’s situation in Afghanistan. Despite these developments, there is still a series of challenges and
problems ahead of Afghan women, and to be able to address them, we need time and effort.