• Hedvig12 May 2017
    On May 8th President Ashraf Ghani and EU Ambassador to Afghanistan Franz-Michael Mellbin hosted an anti-corruption conference in Kabul.
  • Hedvig28 April 2017
    ENNA met with the European Commission DEVCO and EEAS earlier this week to discuss the new EU strategy for Afghanistan, currently being drafted.
  • Hedvig06 April 2017
    6 April 2017 -- A new EU Consensus on Development has been proposed by the European Commission.
  • Hedvig17 March 2017
    17 March 2017 -- Resolution on UNAMA to be adopted today
  • Hedvig16 March 2017
    16 March 2017 -- Last Friday, the UNSC held its quarterly session on Afghanistan. 
  • Hedvig08 March 2017
    8 March 2017 -- Today the 8th of March 2017, the International Women’s Day, we join the campaign #BeBoldForChange for women in Afghanistan.  Today, we also have a message about the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan's (SCA) effort to reiterate ENNA as a virtual network.  We, SCA, have invited all ENNA members to a meeting for the purpose of reiterating ENNA! The meeting will take place at the end of April somewhere in Europe.  We will post a report and further information thereafter.  For any inquiries, please contact lena.lindberg(a) 
  • Hedvig03 March 2015
    Kabul, 3 March 2015 -- Women’s groups are urging the government to deliver on promises to share power. Afghan women and girls are not safe in their own homes, new research has reiterated.   New figures from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs show reporting on the violence against women has improved. Muzhgan Mustafawi, the acting minister, says 4,405 incidents of violence against women were recorded in 2012, including 188 cases of sexual abuse. The overall figure rose by more than 1,000 to 5,604 cases the following year, although the number of cases of sexual violence decreased to 174. “This year (the Afghan year ends on Mar 31) there are more than 4,000 cases of violence and sexual abuse cases adds up to a total of 110. But the final tally will be announced only in April,” she says.
  • Hedvig03 March 2015
    Kabul, 28 February 2015 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government and scores of aid agencies have stepped up efforts to increase the emergency response to victims of deadly avalanches in eastern Panjshir province."The latest data showed that 250 people died as a result of recent heavy avalanches and snowfall-related incidents across Afghanistan over the past five days," Deputy to the Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Mohammad Aslam Sahyas told local media.Parts of mountainous Afghanistan have seen heavy snowfall over the past week, causing massive avalanches with snow affecting some main roads and mountain passes in 16 out of the country's 34 provinces.
  • Hedvig08 December 2014
    London, 4 December 2014 - The official communique of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014).  All country delegations, along with input from civil society, including ENNA and its members, contributed to and agreed the statements.  These included recognition of the progress made in Afghanistan since the Tokyo 2012 conference,  the continuing development, governance and security challenges to be addressed, the Afghan government's Reform Agenda and the need for partnerships, including with Afghan and international civil society. 
  • Hedvig01 December 2014
    Kabul, 16 December 2014 - “The growth of democracy and the credibility of the electoral institutions in Afghanistan have suffered a severe blow by the extent of the fraud during the Presidential elections”, says EU Chief Observer Thijs Berman.  “Both President Dr. Ghani and CEO Dr. Abdullah realize this. By accepting a negotiated solution, they showed remarkable restraint but it is an essential step that rapid electoral reform is part of their political agreement.” The Final Report of the European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) in Afghanistan on the Presidential elections was presented in Kabul today. The Final Report includes all main findings of the EU EAT on the election process, together with recommendations for future elections. “The members of the Electoral Reform Committee need to be appointed without delay. However, any electoral reform aiming at eliminating fraud, in full respect of the voters, will fail its objective if those who committed fraud continue to enjoy impunity", according to Berman at his press conference.
  • Hedvig27 November 2014
    "It is important that the international community maintains its long-term commitments to Afghanistan, so that the gains made over the last 13 years are not lost. It is critical that both the Afghan government and the international community fulfil their obligations towards the Afghan people in promoting and delivering stability, development and humanitarian assistance". This is the main conclusion of ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development, in its new published policy papers, in preparation of the London Conference on Afghanistan, on 4th of December 2014.
  • Hedvig16 October 2014
    Brussels, 14 October 2014 - The basic document for future EU development cooperation in Afghanistan, the Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP), has finally been signed by the new President of Afghanistan . This document outlines the EU development and aid policy for the next 7 years. From 2014 until 2020, the total EU commitment  is € 1400 million, € 200 million a year, which means that the budget for Afghanistan has not been reduced. The MIP will be implemented through Annual Action Programmes and Financing Agreements.  There are new opportunities, mainly in health sector.
  • Hedvig29 September 2014
    Brussels, 29 September 2014 - EU congratulates Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and to Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the new Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan :  "We trust that all Afghans will unite in addressing the important economic and security challenges. The European Union will continue its long-term engagement to assist the people of Afghanistan on the path towards peace and prosperity." NATO welcomes the signature of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan and of the Status of Forces Agreement between NATO and Afghanistan
  • Hedvig24 September 2014
    Kabul, 23 September 2014 - The most notable characteristic of the employed population in Afghanistan is that most workers, by far – 81 percent – work in a vulnerable setting, characterised by informal work arrangements and insecure employment, unstable and inadequate earnings and low productivity.  The new study of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)  is about understanding how labour markets actually work in insecure and dynamic contexts. The paper, more specifically, looks at young women’s and men’s experiences in Kabul’s tailoring labour market. The study ultimately sets out to help us understand what a ‘good jobs agenda’ for fragile states might actually look like.
  • Hedvig22 September 2014
    Kabul, 21 September 2014 – The European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) regrets firmly that no precise election results figures have been published by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), following the audit of the run-off votes. At the same time, EU EAT welcomes the political agreement between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah to form a national unity government.  EU EAT Chief Observer Thijs Berman states: “A political agreement has been reached on a future government and on a division of roles between the two candidates, after an unsatisfactory audit process. I welcome and deeply value the political will to secure stability in the country. However, the high proportion of fraud brought to light shows an unacceptable lack of respect towards so many Afghans, women and men, who freely went to cast their vote, often at great personal risk. Moreover, Afghan voters are entitled to be guaranteed that, in future elections, full transparency will be applied on the exact way their votes have been administered”.
  • Hedvig11 September 2014
    Brussels, 11 September 2014 – Croatian Neven Mimica (left) will become international cooperation and development commissioner, replacing Andris Piebalgs. Mimica is a social democrat who has served as European commissioner for consumer protection since July 2013.  Christos Stylianides (right) from Cyprus, meanwhile, will take over the humanitarian aid and crisis management portfolio from Kristalina Georgieva. Stylianides belongs to the conservative European People’s Party as a member of the European Parliament. Mimica and Stylianides will shape EU development cooperation and humanitarian aid policy for the next five year Commission term.
  • Hedvig08 September 2014
    Newport, Wales (UK), 5 September 2015 - NATO Heads of State and Government at Summit in Wales (UK) declared :  “We remain determined to support the Afghan people in their efforts to build a stable, sovereign, democratic, and united country, where rule of law and good governance prevail, and in which human rights for all, especially the rights of women, including their full participation in decision making, and those of children, are fully protected. Our commitment to Afghanistan will endure.”
  • Hedvig04 September 2014
    One Afghan woman was protesting on the eve of the NATO summit, being held in Newport, Wales (UK), to draw attention to the absence of women in key peace talks and global security negotiations.  Samira Hamidi of the Afghan Women’s Network: “NATO needs to hear this message loud and clear; Afghan women must be at the table. There are so many capable women ready to take the important decisions needed to shape our country’s future. We don’t want these matters being decided for us behind closed doors.”  When Afghanistan's security is discussed at the NATO summit, the voices of Afghan women will once again be worryingly absent. 
  • Hedvig02 September 2014
    ENNA with Handicap International is calling on all troop-contributing nations of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan) to immediately mark and clear areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW) and to provide non-discriminating and impartial assistance to all the victims of the conflict. Military bases and firing ranges are now being closed at a rapid rate but have not been systematically cleared of ERW stored, abandoned or used by military personnel. Furthermore, all the maps of land contaminated by ISAF operations are not yet being made available and people are not sufficiently aware of the risks they face, hampering efforts to prevent further civilian casualties. Extra thousands square kilometres of land are now contaminated by ERW from ISAF’s operations, posing a threat to Afghan lives. According to UNAMA, the number of reported civilian casualties of ERW increased dramatically in 2013 and 2014.
  • Hedvig02 September 2014
    The Hague, 4 September 2014 - The Dutch diplomat Marriët Schuurman will become the new NATO Special Representative for "Women, Peace and Security".  NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants to appoint her as successor of the Norwegian Mari Skåre. This was reported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs today
  • Hedvig03 July 2014
    Kabul, 7 August 2014 – As per today, the European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) accredited 100 newly arrived additional EU long term observers to assess the ongoing audit of the Afghan Presidential run-off vote. That makes the total of 351 observers within the EU EAT. These 100 additional EU observers, coming from 20 EU Member States and Norway, arrived in Kabul in order to reinforce the capacity of the EU EAT to observe the complete audit of the second round of the Presidential election. In addition, the EU EAT has been training in auditing techniques a total of 330 EU and other international observers. “The EU EAT asks for all candidates to fully respect their engagements on the audit” says Thijs Berman, Chief Observer of the EU EAT, “Candidates should solve in a constructive spirit any dispute on the application of audit criteria in order to complete the process in a timely manner that respects the will of the Afghan voters”.
  • Hedvig03 July 2014
    Kabul, 29 June 2014 - “A developed modern Afghan National Police serving the people, preventing and solving crime, based on community principles, needs a strong balance of female police officers. Female police network is one of many ways to support Afghan female police officer.  My meeting with the Female Police Executive Board make me really confident that Afghan Police are on the right track to implement a good gender balance and use female competence in the police”, according to EUPOL Head of Mission Karl Ake Roghe.     For the very first time since the establishment of the Female Executive board of the Kabul City Police (KCP), 13 members of the board were invited to EUPOL Headquarters for an official networking event. The purpose of the official visit was to give the senior management of EUPOL updates from police district level in terms of the implementation of Gender Standard Decree, female police situation and female network meetings.
  • Hedvig26 June 2014
    Brussels, 25 June 2014 - NATO and its partners from the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) released, for the first time, an Action Plan for the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy on Women, Peace and Security. The intent is to reduce barriers for the active and meaningful participation of women in defence and security institutions, operations, missions and crisis management. Consultations were held in Brussels on 2 June 2014 and included civil society participation from 27 countries including the European Network of Non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan (ENNA).
  • Hedvig16 June 2014
    Kabul, 16 June 2014 - “On election day, Afghan voters, undeterred by violence, showed a remarkable determination by participating in large numbers in this first ever second round in Afghanistan’s electoral history. The world is struck by the courage of the Afghan voters, who, once again, showed us their choice, not only for a particular candidate,  but also for a democratic and peaceful society”, underlined THIJS BERMAN, Chief Observer of the EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) in Afghanistan. He presented today a preliminary statement on the second round of the Presidential elections, held on June 14th, at a press conference in Kabul. 
  • Hedvig16 June 2014
    Brussels, 12 June 2014 (ENNA)- The impacts of the security transition in Afghanistan have not been uniform for women across the country. In some areas, women indicated their security has worsened. In other places women said their security situation has improved since the security transition. This is the main result of the third cycle in the research of APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Org.) and AWN (Afghan Women’s Network), funded by Cordaid, Dutch development organization. Monitoring the transition in Afghanistan is part of Cordaid’s program on Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security. The new findings of the research were presented in Brussels today. 
  • Hedvig13 June 2014
    Kabul, 12 June 2014 (ENNA) -  More than 100 women-led organizations that work for women’s promotion and empowerment and more than 3000 individual members of Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), working in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, have asked the two finalists of the presidential elections to endorse a Six Point Petition. The petition outlines a plan for an Afghanistan where women and men enjoy equal rights and protection under the law. 
  • Hedvig10 June 2014
    Kabul, 10 June 2014 - “There is no higher duty for every parent, every citizen, than to protect the future of the country: children. They deserve normal lives and normal childhoods,they deserve to be able to play wherever they want without being threatened by improvised [explosive] devices, without being threatened by unexploded remnants of war,”said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubiš, who launched in Kabul a campaign to respect and promote the rights of children under international law and Islam.  
  • Hedvig09 June 2014
    The Afghan Peace and Reintegration Process (APRP) is not a big success. It is only making a difference in communities where women are actively involved in the decision making process. So far, only in some areas the program and the reintegrating activities are welcomed and serve to strengthen security and community solidarity. In other parts of the country, the impact of the program is unclear and its reception by community members less positive. This is the result of the research done by PTRO (Peace Training and Research Organisation), supported by OXFAM Novib, one of ENNA’s members.
  • Hedvig04 June 2014
    Kabul, 28 May 2014(ACBAR) - Since January of this year, there have been 80 security incidents against NGOs and their employees. ACBAR - the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development – is condemning firmly the attack on an ambulance and its personnel, in Nangarhar and in Badakhshan provinces. Such attacks are preventing severely the essential assistance to patients.
  • Hedvig15 May 2014
    Kabul, 15 May 2014 - The EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) in Afghanistan calls for more transparency in the second round of the elections.  Fraud in the first round was sizeable without affecting the order of candidates none of whom reached 50% of the votes. The final results of the 5 April Presidential Election were announced today by the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Although the overall organisation of these elections went well in many respects, EU EAT Chief Observer Thijs Berman underlines that “the lack of information provided to candidates and EU observers by the IEC during tallying, audits and recounts has significantly limited the level of transparency that should have been respected by the election administration”.
  • Hedvig08 May 2014
    Kabul, 8 May 2014 (Pajhwok) -  The European Union voiced its willingness to provide Afghanistan with financial and technical support during the second round of the presidential elections. EU Special Representative Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, speaking at a Europe Day event in Kabul, said they would assist Afghanistan in the run-off vote, just as it helped the first-round election. “We are ready to provide assistance,” the diplomat promised. “Should the run-off vote become inevitable, the stay of EU observers will be extended.”
  • Hedvig06 May 2014
    Kabul, 7 May 2014 (TOLO/ENNA) - The number of people affected by the landslides has risen to more than 90,000 in 14 Provinces, according to the Afghan government. Meanwhile for survivors, concerns over the management of supplies and financial donations continue to grow, as it becomes clear that long term support will be needed.
  • Hedvig07 April 2014
    Kabul, 7 April 2014 - EU EAT Chief Observer, Thijs BERMAN, presented at a press conference in Kabul, the preliminary findings of his Election Assessment Team. He said  : "One thing is cristal clear: Afghan voters have shown a remarkable, impressive determination to choose their leadership in freedom, by voting peacefully, in unexpectedly high numbers. Afghan voters showed their radical choice for the democratic constitution of Afghanistan and the universal rights enshrined in it. We have been present in the polling stations, and we were impressed and moved by the determination, and the will of Afghan voters to let their democracy live. We don’t know who has won. We know that the Taliban have lost."  
  • Hedvig04 April 2014
    The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is calling for renewed investment in humanitarian and development aid for Afghanistan.  David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC : “It is extraordinary that just 0.025 per cent of the estimated cost of military operations in Afghanistan could provide critical assistance for 5 million Afghans this year. We can't afford to lose the fragile gains of the last decade and we don't have to.”
  • Hedvig02 April 2014
    Female business leaders are completely missing from policy-making bodies such as the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and  Industry. The presence of women in those bodies could result in polices that create more enabling environments for women in business. The study “Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Regional Trade in Afghanistan”, by AREU (Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit) reviews the progress and key challenges for SME’s development in Afghanistan. 
  • Hedvig02 April 2014
    Kabul, 2 April 2014 (AWN/ENNA) - Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) calls on ALL relevant actors to ensure necessary measures for women's protection and security during election day, 5 April 2014. Women’s active participation in the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council Election is vital. Today, 35% of newly registered voters are women. Women’s equal and meaningful participation in the elections is an indicator of an inclusive, fair and transparent practice of democracy.
  • Hedvig20 March 2014
    Kabul, 20March2014 (ENNA) - The EU will be one of the important international observers of the Afghan elections on April 5th, 2014, though the mission is limited due to security reasons.  Chief Observer Thijs Berman, Member of the European Parliament, is leading the EU Election Assessment Team of 15 European observers. "The elections should be credible and acceptable in the eyes of all Afghan citizens", Berman said at his first press conference in Kabul. 
  • Hedvig20 March 2014
    Kabul, 19March2014 (TOLOnews) - The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) announced that it has recruited 13,000 Afghan women to help in security procedures at polling stations across Afghanistan on election day, responding to concerns that female voters would have to be searched by male security guards before entering the polls.
  • Hedvig14 March 2014
      Kabul, 5 Mar2014 (TOLO) - The next Afghan government must foster a larger female presence in politics and recognize the importance of women's role in the peace negotiation process, the Chair of Parliament's Commission on Women's Affairs, Fawzia Koofi, said in a meeting with presidential candidates and civil society groups. "Women's presence in governmental institutions is quite insignificant as compared to that of men," Koofi said. "It needs to be expanded."
  • Hedvig13 March 2014
    Kabul,13 March 2014 (ENNA)-An aggressive assault has been carried out on Mr. Mukhtar Warafayee, a journalist know for his articles on corruption and corrupt officials in Northern Afghanistan, on the evening of 10th March, 2014 in Mazar-e-Sharif city. Mr. Warfayee was attacked and beaten by a group of armed individuals, linked with corrupt officials and mafia. He was severely injured and is in serious condition. 
  • Hedvig05 March 2014
    Washington,  5 Mar 2014 (Pajhwok/ENNA) - Felicitated by the US First Lady, Michelle Obama, with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award, in recognition of her “tireless effort” to promote women’s health and maternal health services in Afghanistan, Dr Nasrin Oryakhil dedicated the award to women of Afghanistan. “This award not just belongs to me. It belongs to all of Afghan women, who are working and living in the remotest parts of the country under harsh circumstances.”
  • Hedvig04 March 2014
    Kabul, 8 Feb 2014 (ENNA) – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that 2013 was the worst year for Afghan women, girls and boys since 2009, with the highest number of deaths and injuries recorded from conflict-related violence :   # 746 women casualties (235 women killed and 511 injured), an increase of 36 per cent from 2012   # 1,756 child casualties (561 children killed and 1,195 injured), an increase of 34 per cent compared to 2012. 
  • Hedvig28 February 2014
    Kabul, 25 February 2014 (MSF) – After more than a decade of international aid and investment, access to basic and emergency medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited and sorely ill-adapted to meet growing needs created by the ongoing conflict, reveals a report released today by the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). “One in every five of the patients we interviewed had a family member or close friend who had died within the last year due to a lack of access to medical care”, said Christopher Stokes, MSF’s General Director.
  • Hedvig27 February 2014
    Brussels, 27 Febr 2014 (Reuters/ENNA) -  “We are focused on completing the ISAF mission, but we also need certainty and predictability to launch our new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the meeting with the NATO defence ministers. "If the Bilateral Security Agreement between Washington and Kabul is not signed, there simply cannot be a deployment after this year. These are the hard facts,” he said.
  • Hedvig12 February 2014
    Progress has been made in Afghanistan, but the economic and social challenges remain significant. GDP per-capita is the lowest in Asia and among the lowest 20 in the world. With 400.000 new youngsters entering into the labor force each year, job creation is a the most urgent and formidable challenge. Poverty remains high at about 36%. Infant mortality still among highest in the world and literacy very low at 25%. Afghanistan will remain highly aid dependent for years, according to the World Bank. 
  • Hedvig03 February 2014
     Kabul, 4 Feb 2014 (ENNA) – The 11 Presidential candidates contesting the 5 April Afghan elections started their political campaign this month. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan has set 3 conditions for them: “They should conclude their campaign 48 hours before the polling day; they should not provoke ethnical, lingual and religious issues during their campaign; and they should honour the ceiling of expenditures that have been set at 10 million Afghanis (€ 130.000)”.
  • Hedvig31 January 2014
    NATO and “Troop Contributing Nations” to Afghanistan have the legal and moral obligation to properly clear all sites used to fire weapons, battlefields, former military bases and their surroundings of all explosive remnants of war resulting from their operations in the past 12 years. This is demanded by Handicap International, member of ENNA.
  • Hedvig30 January 2014
    Kabul, 28 Jan 2014 (AP)- The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) is urging all candidates in the upcoming Presidential elections for a  honest campaigning based on substantive platforms, not ethnic ties.  The statement came only a few days before the official campaign period starts on February 2.  
  • Hedvig29 January 2014
    Brussels, 20 Jan 2014 - The European Union remains firmly committed to long-term partnership with Afghanistan. Sustained development will require the maintenance of security.     
  • Hedvig27 January 2014
    Brussels, 27 Jan 2014 - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Kabul to finalize its post-2014 deal with the U.S., warning that Afghanistan could face a complete halt in NATO support operations in the country "if it does not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement."  "For planning reasons, we need to know soon whether we are invited or not. I mean, if we are not invited, if we don't have any legal framework then we can't stay in Afghanistan after 2014. This is as simple as that," Rasmussen said. 
  • Hedvig15 January 2014
    14 Jan 2014, The Telegraph - Afghanistan has its first female police chief after appointing an officer with 25 years experience to head a district of the capital Kabul. Officials said Colonel Jamila Bayaz would run one of the city’s most important police stations in a move that they hope will pave the way for more women to rise through the ranks.
  • Hedvig14 January 2014
    KABUL, Jan. 8 - Expressing concern over the current security situation in Afghanistan, members of Mushrano Jirga or Upper House of Afghan parliament called for effective measures to ensure the security for the upcoming presidential and provincial councils' elections scheduled for April 5, local newspapers reported.
  • Hedvig14 January 2014
      (Reuters) - Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, according to Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw. "The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape," she said. "Mass rape... It's against dignity, against humanity."
  • Hedvig07 January 2014
    ZABUL province, 7 jan 2014 (IWPR) -  In Zabul province, locals say, the situation is better now that Afghan troops have replaced foreigners. One of the big uncertainties facing Afghanistan in 2014 is whether the national security forces will be able to cope once NATO-led troops complete their planned withdrawal.
  • Hedvig16 December 2013
    KABUL, 16 Dec 2013 (AFP) - Aid groups in Afghanistan called for the government to ban election offices from schools and health clinics for next year’s presidential vote, over fears they could be targeted by militants.
  • Hedvig03 December 2013
    Women's rights movement, the Afghan Women Network (AWN) calls on the Afghan government to prove its commitment towards law enforcement, to investigate and follow up on the recent cases of violence against women immediately. AWN urges the Afghan government to provide immediate lifesaving support to victims of violence against women across the country.
  • Hedvig02 December 2013
    Since January 2013, 32 NGOs' aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan.  ACBAR - the Agency  Coordinating  Body of Afghan Relief  and  Development - calls  upon  all  parties  to  the Afghan  conflict  to end  all  forms  of violence  against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.
  • Hedvig01 December 2013
    Global Witness called on the Afghan government and Parliament to strengthen the country’s proposed mining law to help ensure mining is a force for development in the country, rather than conflict and corruption. The call comes as Afghanistan’s Parliament sits to debate this crucial legislation.    
  • Hedvig22 November 2013
      So far this year, 240 civilians in Afghanistan have been either killed or injured by explosives - an increase of over 30% from 2012.   Over the last decade, NATO troops have dropped tens of thousands of bombs and laid out landmines throughout the country, many of which remain undetonated.
  • Hedvig06 November 2013
      Kabul, Nov 2,2013 ( - A civil society organization named Sazman-e-Khat-e-Naw, or The New Line, organized a massive voter-registration drive for 800 Kabul youth. "Today we see the youth care about policy and participation in the elections," said Fahim Sediqqi, head of Sazman-e-Khat-e-Naw. The role of Afghan youth in the upcoming elections has been a hot topic, with many hoping for a high turnout from the generation that is considered the most invested in the changes to Afghanistan over the past twelve years.
  • Hedvig06 November 2013
    Kabul, Nov 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) blamed the government for failing to prepare the ground for next year's presidential election, and an opposition leader accused President Hamid Karzai of trying to influence the vote. About a fifth of votes cast in favor of candidates as part of this month's registration process could not be verified, according to the IEC. Under Afghan rules, candidates had to collect 100,000 voter cards to prove they had a support base, fuelling a black market trade in votes.
  • Hedvig30 September 2013
      Rassoul said that after over three decades of conflict his country was now a "forward-looking democracy with functioning state institutions" and the transition since the US-led assault in 2001 removed the Taliban from power was near complete.  "In the security area, it is our more than 350,000 brave and professional soldiers and police officers -- not foreign soldiers -- who are directly responsible for the security of more than ninety percent of the Afghan population," he said.
  • Hedvig19 September 2013
    Kabul, Sept 17, 2013 (Reuters) - A surge in civilian casualties and attacks on women in Afghanistan spotlights waning government support for human rights, the United Nations' top officer said. "My concern that the momentum of improvement in human rights may have not only peaked, but is in reality waning, has not been allayed," United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said during her first official visit to Afghanistan. 
  • Hedvig17 September 2013
      Sept.17, 2013 (AP) - The most senior woman police officer in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province has died in the hospital, a day after being shot by unidentified gunmen. Lieutenant Negar was walking near police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, when she was shot in the neck by a gunman on a motorbike, officials say. She is the third senior policewoman to be killed in recent months. Her predecessor in Helmand, Islam Bibi, was killed on her way to work in July.  Police in Helmand face the threats of Taliban insurgents and drug traders. No group has claimed the latest attack. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand described Lt Negar's assailants as "enemies of Afghanistan".
  • Hedvig29 August 2013
    Kabul, August 26, 2013 (NPR) - Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.   Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket. "It's good to hold such events," says Mirwais. "The two countries criticize each other all the time in the media. Let's leave that behind and create sincere relations by holding sports matches." 
  • Hedvig03 July 2013
    KABUL,  July 2, 2013 (AP) — Insurgents killed nearly 300 Afghan local and national police in the span of a month, the Interior Ministry said, illustrating how casualties among local forces are mounting now that NATO-led coalition troops have handed over responsibility for combat operations. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told reporters that 299 police were killed in the last month, and another 618 were wounded. The Defense Ministry said it did not have monthly figures for the number of soldiers killed.
  • Hedvig25 June 2013
    Kabul, 22 June 2013 - In light of low female turn out during the voter's registration process, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said that considering present situation the Commission is jointly working with political and civil society entities to fight this problem. And, as a result of the efforts a one percent increase in female turnout for voter's registration has been recorded.  
  • Hedvig15 May 2013
    Kabul, 13 May 2013 (Khaama Press) - Afghan finance minister, Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal in an unprecedented move disclosed the names of Afghan lawmakers involved in illegal activities, including smuggle of alcohol, fuel and flour from neighboring countries.
  • Hedvig13 May 2013
    Kabul, 10 May 2013 - Afghanistan office of IWPR (Institute for War and Peace Reporting) is running a series of events and training courses in preparation for a groundbreaking conference that will design a framework for a standardised journalism curriculum for universities across the country.
  • Hedvig13 May 2013
      HERAT, AfHerat, 25 April 2013(Reuters) - Afghanistan's security forces are routinely accused of murder, rape and corruption on a grand scale, but a new anti-corruption police unit's sole conviction last year was a junior policeman who forged some documents, the head of the unit told Reuters.
  • Hedvig22 April 2013
    TALUQAN, 22 April 2013 (Reuters) - As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said.  
  • Hedvig03 April 2013
    KABUL, 3 April 2013 (AFP) - Afghanistan plans to destroy 15,000 hectares (37,050 acres) of poppy fields this year in its latest efforts to control the heroin trade that fuels endemic violence and corruption, officials said.
  • Hedvig03 April 2013
    KABUL, 1 April 2013  (Khaama Press)  -  According to the latest figures revealed for every 10 new soldiers recruited to the Afghan National Army (ANA), at least three are lost because they have been sacked, captured or killed inaa action. The issue has created concerns regarding the ability of Afghan security forces to protect emerging democracy when coalition forces are leaving the country in less than years time. Around 5,000 Afghan troops are are quitting every month, according to the latest attrition rates confirmed by British officials.
  • Hedvig26 March 2013
    KABUL, 25 March 2013 (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met Afghan businesswomen running companies involved in everything from trucking to computer software who fear losing their rights, security and customers when foreign forces leave next year.
  • Hedvig21 March 2013
         Women and Post-2014 Afghanistan: Report on Afghanistan Parliamentarians’ Visit to Brussels   A new report from the EastWest Institute highlights the importance of protecting the rights of women in Afghanistan after the pullout of foreign troops. Under the auspices of EWI’s Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention and its work on women, peace and security, the delegation, two-thirds of them women, took part in high-level meetings in Brussels’ most prominent institutions.
  • Hedvig21 March 2013
    (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that there was a deeply disturbing "pervasive climate of impunity" in Afghanistan for the abusers of women and girls and he called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government to take action.  
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