News - Afghanistan
Afghan women on Wednesday gathering in Kabul and called for government to provide them with a secure living environment.
Under the theme of "Legal strategies to prevent sexual harassment of women" the women urged the National Unity Government (NUG) to take a stand against sexual harassment in government and non-government organizations.
They also called on government to create national strategies against the harassment of women and girls.
Among their concerns is that they are not only vulnerable in society but also do not have a safe working environment.
Zarqa Yaftali, Executive Manager of Women and Children Legal Foundation said that the investigation they have conducted in this regard shows that most women and children have said that due to a lack of a legal reference they have no recourse in this respect.
"These women said that there is no legal reference and nowhere to register our complaints in this regard," said Yaftali.
Fawzia Kofi, an Afghan lawmaker said that harassment of women and ignoring women has become a culture and as such women demand a commitment to improve their situation.
"If a problem is known in the community as a real problem, this requires that we should find a solution to the problem and that solution must be comprehensive," said Kofi.
"According to our investigations on the basis of our daily experiences that so far have taken place ... the issue of harassment and ignoring women and gender insulting under the name of women has been changed in to a culture," Kofi added.
"The measures that the NUG has regarding women and youth are very serious measures but the implementation of the measures but are time consuming. We must be sure that the works regarding this issue will be done," said Habiba Wahaj Second Vice President Advisor on Women and Children.
Women said that if the government does not take action on the issue, the future for women in the country will be bleak.