Today is the 25th of November, the United Nations General Assembly has designated this day as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women in Afghanistan is still on the rise, AIHR says relevant organizations should help prevent the impunity for the perpetrators.

According to the Afghanistan Independent Human rights commission, 4,690 cases were reported in the country last year, and 22,472, cases were registered in the last five years.

Data analysis shows an 8.4% increase in the violence against women when compared with 2018.

“Fifty-two percent of the cases could have been dealt with through counseling and the other cases referred to the Ministry of Interior and Attorney General’s office,” said Shabnam Salehi, a member of AIHRC to media.

Officials from Attorney General’s office indicate 2,088 cases were processed in the judicial system most of them referred to sexual abuse and assaults.

On the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and the launch of 16 days of activism, the Afghan Ministry of Women’s affairs confirms 2,582 cases of violence during the year of which includes 34 cases of women who were murdered.

The main cause of the violence is said to have been war and insecurity, Women around the country demands end to violence, the ministry said.

Ministry for Women’s affairs said, this year 119 cases of murder and sexual abuse cases were registered.

This comes as the UN calls on Afghans to increase their efforts for preventing and redress violence against women and girls, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These cases include forced marriage, rape, and murder.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated key risk factors for violence against women and girls, such as food shortages, unemployment, economic insecurity, and school closures,” the UN statement read.

“Worldwide, there has been an alarming increase in multiple forms of violence against women and girls, and information indicates that Afghanistan is no exception.”

Violence including physical, sexual, and psychological impacts women and girls not to participate in society.

Deborah Lyons, Secretary General’s special representative for Afghanistan and Unama’s Director, stated that “Violence against women and girls has negative consequences not only for survivors, but also for their families, communities, and society. It is an impediment to the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and efforts towards peace,”

“In Afghanistan, violence against women and girls jeopardizes their enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms at one of the most critical times in the modern history of the country”, Lyons stated.

Aleta Miller, UN Women Representative in Afghanistan, added “For millions around the world, the home became a safe space to protect us from a deadly virus. But for too many women and girls, the home became the place where they found themselves trapped with their abusers”.

The organization’s daily engagement with women in the country from the beginning of the pandemic signaled an alarming rise in the levels of violence against women and girls, and the gender-differentiated impact of COVID-19 also matched this analysis.

United Nations also stated, “As it is an unprecedented time for Afghanistan, our solidarity with Afghan women and commitment to promoting and protecting their human rights must be equally unprecedented,”.

UN, Specifically UN WOMEN is working with the Government, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and development partners in Afghanistan for responding to all forms of violence against women and girls through supporting service providers, social norms programs for preventing violence, and continual campaigns and advocacy.

EVAW was launched on Wednesday and will continue until December 10.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.