Recently, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in collaboration with the Afghan Civil Society Forum, the provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA) in Kunduz and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, hosted a week long drawing competition in which Afghan students were tasked with highlighting the consequences of various forms of violence against women.
The event included 40 participants between the ages of 7 and 20 who produced more than 60 drawings graphically depicting battering, chemical assault, the practice of “baad” (giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute), verbal abuse and forced labor.
UNAMA’s latest report on the implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, released in December 2013, found that Afghan authorities registered more cases of violence against women in 2013, but the number of prosecutions and convictions under the law remained low. So despite the legislation, violence against women and girls in Afghanistan continues to be a major issue.
“Violence against women is a serious problem in our community; we need to address it,” said the winner of the contest, Jawid Ranjbar, age 20. “I am glad to be able to express my opinion on the issue by participating in this contest.”
Lead image by Mursal Ibrahimi. Photo credit: Shamsuddin Hamedi, UNAMA Public Information Officer based in Kunduz.