Women and Children Legal Research Foundation conducted a Mix- Workshop on Role of EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women. The workshop conducted on 24-25 September 2017) in WCLRF main office, Kabul, Afghanistan. In the program five members of EVAW provincial Commissions from target provinces (Balkh, Bamiyan, Nangarhar, Herat and Badakhshan) and five provincial trainers of WCLRF from above mentioned provinces participated.
The main objectives of the workshop were as below:
- To exchange experiences among direct beneficiaries (Members of EVAW provincial Commissions and WCLRF provincial trainers) from five target provinces.
- To present the content of training manual on (Roleof EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women) with participants through Mix-Workshop (ToT).
Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali director of Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) said that “the matter of sexual harassment is a social illness, the main challenges of our society which lead to decrease the participation of women in all aspect of their lives are (financial, social, cultural and political issues) therefore, we should not be silent against this phenomenon, we should cooperate each other to eliminate the roots of sexual harassment”. Director of WCLRF added in her speech that, the role of EVAW commissions as coordinator organ for implementation of EVAW law and combating of sexual harassment is vial and we will support EVAW Commission to raise their capacity and advocate for promoting their roles.
During above-mentioned ToT, the following issues presented by WCLRF trainers:
Understating sexual harassment, causes and consequences, perpetrator characteristics of sexual Harassment, criminalization of sexual harassment in national and international legal standards, ways to prevent sexual harassment and finally sexual harassment case management.
The participants actively participated and in the program evaluation form, the participants evaluated the program effectively, and they suggested from WCLRF to conduct such programs for other members of EVAW provincial commissions. Further, they suggested that lack of coordination is one of the main challenges among members of EVAW commissions; therefore we need to have strong coordination among members of EVAW Commissions through WCLRF programs.
Finally, WCLRF provincial trainers will conduct the same program with participation of all members of EVAW Commissions in all five-target provinces in the nearest future.