International Development Law Organization

Groundbreaking Justice Report Launched in Kabul

Monday, September 8, 2014

IDLO's report Women’s Professional Participation in Afghanistan’s Justice Sector: Challenges and Opportunities has been launched in Kabul by the IDLO National Justice Sector Strategy. Speakers at the event included Italian Ambassador Luciano Pezzotti, Deputy Minister for Women's Affair Sayeda Muzhgan Moustafavi, Herat Chief Prosecutor Maria Bashir and Human Rights Commission Chair Sima Samar. The final speech was delivered by Shagoofah Rahmani, a female law student who spoke of her aspirations for herself, her fellow students, her generation, and the justice sector in Afghanistan at large.

Mr. Pezzotti pointed to Italy's strong support of the justice sector in Afghanistan over the past decade. "Gender equality [...]," he said, "is one of the priority areas for Italian support to Afghanistan. Italy has always considered the empowerment of women and the rule of law as an absolute value that should never be compromised, and a benchmark to measure the development of a society."

The report, which was financed by the Italian Government, highlights the legal underrepresentation of Afghan women professionals. It argues that fundamental justice for the women of Afghanistan will only come from increased participation in their country’s justice sector. It is the first national study on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment featuring an entirely Afghan-led data collection process.

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