Reports on Women's Rights

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issues reports on women’s rights and the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Justice through the Eyes of Afghan Women: Cases of Violence against Women Addressed through Mediation and Court Adjudication, April 2015
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Implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women Law in Afghanistan, December 2013
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Implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women Law in Afghanistan, December 2012
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Implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women Law in Afghanistan, November 2011
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Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan, December 2010
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Silence is Violence - End Violence against Women in Afghanistan, July 2009
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Women, Peace and Security

Women, Peace and Security agenda

Women and men experience conflict differently, therefore understand peace differently.

“1325 (2000) holds out a promise to women across the globe … we must uphold this promise. To achieve the goals set out in the resolution, political will, concerted action and accountability on the part of the entire international community are required.” (Secretary-General's 2004 Report on Women, Peace and Security)

UNAMA’s work on women, peace and security is enshrined in UN Security Council resolution 2210 (2015) which reinforces the Mission’s imperative to promote gender equality including increasing women’s role in public life and Afghan society. The promotion of the Women, Peace and Security agenda is guided by a series of commitments to women’s rights including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Millennium Declaration, the eight UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security: 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015).

As wars and conflicts around the world have a disproportionate and unique impact on women and girls, the United Nations reaffirms that women have an important role to play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building. It also stresses that the equal participation and full involvement of women in conflict resolution can significantly contribute to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.

“… without a significant implementation shift, women and women’s perspectives will continue to be underrepresented in conflict prevention, resolution, protection and peacebuilding for the foreseeable future” S/RES/2122, OP 15

Through the efforts of all sections - including implementing, programming and support personnel - UNAMA supports Afghan institutions and civil society to enhance women’s meaningful contributions in Afghanistan’s political and security transitions, including the peacebuilding agenda. The Mission firmly believes women’s equal participation in the public sphere, is crucial towards shaping lasting peace in the country.

The promotion of the Women, Peace and Security agenda is achieved through a multifaceted approach including:

  • Analysis of women’s role in political processes, including targeted attacks against women holding public office such as employees of the judiciary or electoral and security institutions;
  • Documentation of progress and gaps in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security resolutions through public statements and analytical reports;
  • Good offices toward gender-sensitive legislative/policy reforms to enable women to fully take part in the security sector, the electoral process, peace negotiations etc;
  • Capacity-building of national institutions and civil society to strengthen ability to integrate gender considerations during the fulfillment of respective mandates;
  • Awareness-raising activities to fight misinterpretations of the role of women within Afghan laws and Islam;
  • Information-sharing and collaboration with relevant UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organizations involved in promoting the WPS agenda to streamline coordination, output delivery and quick response to emerging situations;
  • Facilitation of dialogue between UN senior leadership and Afghan women’s organizations on the implementation of the resolution 1325 through the organization of Global Open Days in Kabul and across the country.

UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security:

Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)
Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008)
Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009)
Security Council Resolution 1889 (2009)
Security Council Resolution 1960 (2010)
Security Council Resolution 2106 (2013)
Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013)
Security Council Resolution 2242 (2015)

Press Release: Marking ‘Global Open Day,’ UN officials call for greater role of Afghan women in preventing violent extremism (October, 2016) PDF iconEnglish PDF iconDari PDF icon Pashto

Additional resources:

PDF iconStrategy and National Action Plan on the Elimination of Violence against Women (2016-2020) released on 5 December 2016

PDF iconAfghanistan's National Action Plan for SCR 1325 (2000) released on 30 June, 2015

PDF iconReport of the Secretary-General on Women, Peace and Security (16 September, 2015)

PDF iconReport of the Secretary-General on conflict-related Sexual Violence (20 April, 2016)

PDF iconReport of the Secretary-General on conflict-related Sexual Violence (23 March, 2015)

PDF iconReport of the Secretary-General on Women, Peace and Security (23 September, 2014)