UK GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP: WORKING WITH MEN TO PREVENT GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN AFGHANISTAN
PARTNERING WITH THE UK GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE AFGHAN MEN IN WOMEN’S RIGHTS, GENDER EQUALITY AND COMMUNITY PROTECTION
Since 2015, Women for Women International have worked in partnership with the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deliver targeted interventions that engage men as actors for women’s rights in Nangarhar and Parwan Provinces of Afghanistan.
The partnership has enabled us to reach 1,760 male leaders with targeted training in women’s rights and gender equality, with a further 1,600 male community members reached through step-down training by the male leaders.
Additionally, 890 women in Nangarhar and Parwan were supported to complete Women for Women International’s 12-month programme to understand their rights, value and opportunities for generating income.
The current project year will see a further 200 men reached through training classes and step-down sessions in the communities. Up to 12 women’s group businesses will also receive business start-up kits, to strengthen the sustainability and profitability of their newly established group businesses.
As part of our partnership with the UK, Women for Women International have also been piloting Community Protection Committees. In many areas of Afghanistan, communities rely heavily on informal mechanisms when seeking justice or to resolve disputes. Survivors of gender-based violence and their families often turn to community councils for advice and assistance.
The Community Protection Committees, consisting of graduates of our training, seek to strengthen these traditional models of support by acting as a first point of call for women’s rights issues in the communities and providing referrals to relevant specialist service providers.