Promoting Children’s Rights in Afghanistan

Town Hall Meeting with 70 attendants in Takhar
17.05.2017
Yesterday, a dialogue meeting on children’s rights protection took place in Takhar. It aimed to assess children’s situation and challenges they face in the community in light of national and international laws and standards. The Women and Peace Studies Organization organised the event with support from the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan (RoL).

A representative of Takhar’s Youth Parliament, Mr Nader Qaderi, commented: “Respecting children’s opinions and giving them the chance to speak up, give them the confidence to share their problems affects their families and society.” The journalist Ms Setara Sulaimanzada added: “Such programmes contribute to decreasing violence against children. Children and young people are facing different challenges in today’s society.”

Afghan civil society actors such as the Takhar Civil Society Network, Maihan Relief and Improvements Organization (MRIO), Afghan Women Rehabilitation and Skill Building Association (AWRSA), youth groups and participated in the workshop as well as representatives from the Department of Labour and Social Affairs, the Department of Women affairs the Department of Hajj & Religious Affairs and the media.

The dialogue meeting provided a platform for exchange and facilitated the search for solutions to problems that have been identified. Dialogue meetings are very effective when it comes to community-related problems children face in Afghanistan.

In 1994, Afghanistan committed to the protection of children’s rights when ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  However, many children still suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases as well as unequal access to education.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Afghan-German Cooperation has been working together with the Afghan government to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan. Since 2003, the project Promotion of the Rule of Law (RoL) has been supporting the Afghan Ministry of Justice in its efforts to ensure access to justice for all citizens. This is achieved by supporting better access to justice as well as improving the professional capacity of justice sector staff. At the same time, legal awareness of citizens is strengthened.