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Gender Equality Project (Afghanistan) (GEP II)


Titre : Gender Equality Project (Afghanistan) (GEP II)

Pays : Afghanistan

Durée : January 2013 — December 2015

Afghan women have gained improved access to public services and the public sphere following the harsh years of Taliban rule. Some 46 percent of girls now attend primary school and there are more women working in schools, hospitals and government offices, including the country’s first female Governor and Provincial Council Chair. Huge challenges remain, however, with respect to women’s mobility, participation in public life, decision making, health and access to economic and educational opportunities. Although nearly half of all women participate in the labour force, almost all are in vulnerable employment. They are often forced to stay at home and work on activities like carpet weaving, sewing and farming. Only 5 percent of businesses are owned by women, only 12 percent of women can read and write, and almost 90 percent have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.

The Gender Equality Project II (GEP-II) focuses on improving policies and legal documents, boosting economic empowerment and ensuring access to justice and human rights. Based in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), we provide policy support and capacity building for MoWA officials to oversee implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan, review the polices of other ministries and ensure that ministry budgets are gender responsive. GEP II establishes models for cooperation and coordination among key government, NGO and civil society partners to bring about gender mainstreaming and strengthen the position of women. For example, we led the development of Afghanistan’s first-ever master’s programme on gender and women’s studies, which was established at Kabul University in November. We create women entrepreneurs by providing training on how to set up, operate and market a business, including study visits to successful businesses in other provinces and neighbouring countries. We also provide the raw materials needed to get started and help to establish distribution networks. In our production and demonstration centers, women come together as cooperatives to produce, package and sell a variety of products. The project provides logistical and financial support, along with training to Women Assistance Centres in five provinces. These offer mediation services in cases of violence against women, as well as property and inheritance disputes, or refer cases to the appropriate authority. We also train religious leaders on women’s rights issues so they can preach to communities in their Friday sermons, for example, that women and girls should be allowed to go to school and make their own decisions.

Organisme mise en œuvre : United Nations Development Programme

Financement : United Nations Development Pro Government Of Denmark Government Of Republic Of Korea United Nations Development Fund For Women (un Women) Government Of Afghanistan Government Of Italy Canadian International Development Agency
Budget : $22,112,605

Présentation : PNUD

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