Deputy Attorney General for Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Celebrates International Day on Elimination of Violence Against Women

On December 05, 2017, AGO celebrated International Day on Elimination of Violence Against Women in AGO building Shahr-e- Naw with the participation of Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Elimination of Violence Against Women, Juvenile Violations and Human Rights Support, Ms. Seena Shina Mansoor, Senior Legal Advisor of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Leslie Schneider and some AGO directors and employees.

Ms. Shina Mansoor said: “Any action that harms women physically or mentally is considered violence against women.”

DAG Mansoor believes that AGO has serious commitment towards elimination of violence against women. She added that handling 1726 cases across Afghanistan over the past 8 months demonstrate this commitment. According to her, increasing women’s awareness and education level is one of the solutions to reduce violence against women.

Meanwhile, Leslie Schneider talked about solemn cooperation between IDLO and AGO in various areas of fighting violence against women. According to Ms. Schneider, registration of such cases at the prosecution offices has recently increased and this is due to women’s awareness of their rights and their trust upon AGO. She considers elimination of violence against women one of common goals of IDLO and AGO.

Ms. Schneider added: “IDLO has established ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)’ online database in AGO to track violence against women cases   and ensure effective fight against this phenomenon” She explained that the cooperation between AGO and IDLO has more achievements than expected.

She also talked about the development of “Filing System” for Elimination of Violence prosecutors in 15 provinces and added that this system will also be implemented in other provinces soon.

On the other hand, General Director for Elimination of Violence Against Women, Ms. Shazia Yousufi pointed out on the serious efforts AGO has made in dealing with cases of violence against women. Ms. Yousufi added that the investigation section of General Directorate of Elimination of Violence Against Women has registered 750 cases over the last 8 months only in Kabul. She also talked about handling these cases and added that some of the cases have been finalized and some are still strictly under review.

Head of Reduction of Violence Against Women Unit, Atefa Hurmat considers elimination of violence against women a vital issue and emphasizes that it should be seriously taken. Ms. Hurmat believes that creating employment opportunities for women and facilitating their economical independency can result in reduction of violence against them. She added that besides increasing women’s awareness and education, men’s level of awareness about “Women’s Rights on Men” should also be raised. According to Ms. Hurmat, women are considered a great force in the society and their backwardness results in backwardness of the country in different areas.

She added that women’s lack of access to education and other issues that are not considered permissible to women due to existence of unpleasant customs and traditions have also increased the rate of violence against them. She emphasized that particular programs should be initiated and implemented in order to resolve these issues.

At the end, Head of Gender Unit of the Prosecution Office on Elimination of Violence Against Women, Ms. Nargis considered low participation of women in the governmental agencies as one of concerns of the International Community which she believes that has increased in the AGO, and the platform for capacity building has also been provided to them in different programs. Ms. Nargis added that women’s workplace safety should be seriously considered and their participation should be further increased in AGO.

 

AGO celebrates International Day on Elimination of Violence Against Women every year.


Attorney General’s Office (AGO) EVAW Deputy Reports Violence against Women prosecuted Cases

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Elimination of Violence against Women, Juvenile Violation and Human Rights Support (EVAW) stated that the deputy has prosecuted 1626 violence against women cases during the eight months of 1396 (2017).  Sina Shina Mansoor, EVAW DAG, Shazia Yousofi, Director of Primary Prosecution Office, and Jamshed Rasooly, AGO Spokesperson in the government Media Center on November 27, 2017.

DAG Sina Shina Mansoor said that EVAW unit has recorded and tracked 1,726 violence against women cases in the last eight months throughout the country.

Mrs. Shina Mansoor added out of 1,726 cases, 995 were beating cases, 147 rape cases, 124 insults and humiliation cases, 115 harassment cases, 70 murder cases, 66 cases relate to forcing to commit suicide, 62 forced labor cases, 46 injury cases and 21 forced marriage cases.

DAG stated “21 cases of forced isolation, 14 forced to prostitution cases, nine cases of buying and selling girls as means of marriage, 8 cases of burning women and using chemicals have been also registered.

In addition, she mentioned the identification and investigation of seven cases of prohibiting possession of the inheritance, five cases of prohibiting possessing properties, five underage marriage cases, and some other cases.

 She added that “498 cases have been sent to primary courts, 547 cases have been referred to respective organs as considered out of EVAW jurisdiction, and 393 cases have been withdrawn”.

According to Mrs. Shina Mansoor, 95 cases have been closed due to lack of sufficient reasons and 281 cases have been sent to appellate courts.  

She also stated that 177 cases have been sent to primary court, 115 cases have been sent to appellate courts, and 141 cases have been finalized.

Shazia Yousefi, EVAW Primary Prosecution Director talked about Prosecution activities and added that out of these cases, 750 cases have been registered in Kabul Province.

Mrs. Yousefi added that some of these cases have gone through trial processes or are being judicially processed by courts.

Meanwhile, Jamshed Rasooly, AGO spokesperson talked about AGO seriousness on prosecuting Elimination of Violence against Women cases.  He added: AGO seriously investigates each case, particularly violence against women cases, and takes legal actions accordingly.

He also emphasized that with establishing EVAW Prosecution Offices in 34 provinces and rising women’s rights awareness, people can refer to AGO provincial offices to report violence cases.

Increasing female participation and presence in AGO Tashkeel and presence of female prosecutors in 25 provinces and other changes show improvements at AGO which Mr. Rasooly mention during the conference.   

AGO has recently had a significant progress in raising public awareness and timely sharing information with media and public in the country.


AGO Introduces Ms. Seena Shina as Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Elimination of Violence against Women, Juvenile Offenses and Human Rights

Based on Attorney General’s Office (AGO) proposal and Decree No.354 of the President, dated October 28, 2017, AGO Introduced Ms. Seena Shina as Deputy Attorney General for Elimination of Violence against women, Juvenile offenses and Human Rights.

The program was conducted with the presence of Attorney General of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Saranpoh Mohammad Farid Hamidi, Deputy Attorney Generals and Directors of the (AGO).

AG Saranpoh Mohammad Farid Hamidi congratulated Ms. Seena and wished her successes in her work affairs.

Meanwhile, Ms. Seena thanked the President and the Attorney General for trusting her, and promised to carry out her duties with integrity and honesty.

Prior to this, she has served as the General Director of Special Prosecution Office for Elimination of Violence against Women, Juvenile Offenses and Observing Human Rights.