Gender Directorate

Fighting Violence Will Result in Ensuring Security

The Attorney General (AG) of Afghanistan, Farid Hamidi, mentioned this issue during the March 8, International Women’s Day celebration.  The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) celebrated Women’s Day on March 11, 2017 in the AGO Vocational Training Institute’s hall with participation of the AG, Attorney General Deputies, AGO central directors, and female staff.

AG Hamidi believes that the respect of women lies in the culture and beliefs of the Afghanistan people.  He also believes that there is a special position and respect for women in our Islamic culture.

Pointing to the participants, he said, “There is an appropriate opportunity in Constitution of Afghanistan and international commitments to defend women’s rights.   These opportunities should be used in creating a balanced society.”

According to Mr. Hamidi, violence, poverty, discrimination, and administrative corruption are critical challenges of Afghanistan.   He believes one of the reasons for these challenges is putting women on the margins of society.   He stated it is wrong not to consider half of the population of Afghanistan in all matters.  He further added, “Peace and security can only be ensured by eradicating discrimination.  Appropriate employment opportunities should be provided to men and women.”

The Attorney General believes that fighting discrimination results in eradication of violence.  People should put great efforts in eradicating violence from their families. Violence in the society begins from the families.

AG Hamidi insisted that fighting administrative corruption is another important issue in achieving equality for women.   According to him, in order to fight administrative corruption, women need more opportunities to join the governmental offices.  This way, we can prepare the offices to serve the needs of the people.

Mr. Hamidi addressed the AGO vision towards women.   According to him, the AGO is trying to establish the principle of representation by eradicating discrimination and facilitating women’s involvement in AGO.   He added, “These efforts have been continuing since the last year.  The AGO feels responsible for providing training and academic capacity building opportunities.   We are trying to facilitate women’s contribution, create opportunities for women’s development, and provide equal educational and training opportunities for men and women.”

Mr. Hamidi emphasized women’s access to justice.   According to him, AGO efforts to create an appropriate AGO organizational chart and capacity building for women’s access to justice are underway.   He continued, “We will deal seriously and undeniably with the cases of violence.  The result of our investigation on cases of violence against women, which is reviewed by the AGO, will soon be shared with the people.”

Speaking at the AGO Women’s Day celebration, Parwin Rahimi, General Director of Special Prosecution Office on Elimination of Violence against Women, considers juvenile violations, support from the human rights, and establishing the position of Deputy of Elimination of Violence against Women an important step towards defending women’s rights.   She said, “The Attorney General’s Office has started a serious fight to defend not only the rights of the women who work in the offices, but also women who are busy doing the house chores and are not aware of this special day.”

Ms. Rahimi considers signing the memorandum of cooperation with some of the ministries for the purpose of elimination of violence against women and providing the opportunity for the training of 242 female AGO staff as one of the important steps towards professionalization and facilitating the involvement of women in the organization.   According to Ms. Rahimi, the Prosecution Offices on Elimination of Violence against Women is effectively working in 23 provinces of the country.

The Attorney General’s Office celebrates March 8, International Women’s Day, every year to recognize its female employees who perform their duties in an environment with security threats in the capital and provinces.