16 days of activism against gender-based violence
On Wednesday, December 04, 2019, ECC marked the international day for the elimination of violence against women and 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
At this ceremony, the ECC leadership, head of departments, advisors and staff were present.
Mrs. Zohra Bayan Shinwari, ECC Chairperson, shared that although Islam and Afghan Constitution emphasizes on equality but forced marriages; physical and psychological violence; preventing women’s equal rights at work place; depriving electoral rights; and other forms of domestic, cultural, and political violations are some of the challenges that Afghan Women are struggling with every day.
She further stressed that preventing women from exercising their electoral rights is electoral violations and asked women to register their complaints if they encounter or witness such violations.
Other commissioners and CEO also emphasized on Afghanistan’s commitment on gender equality and women’s empowerment through ratification of international treaties and national legal frameworks. They stressed the need to raise greater awareness on violence against women, so that it is prevented, and perpetrator held accountable.
UN has marked November 25, 1999 as the “International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women”. The main reason behind marking this day is to prevent any forms of violence against women and ensure their equal participation in political and social lives.