One Billion Rising (OBR) in Afghanistan
According to the United Nation's report one out of every three women in the world is raped or beaten during her life time. Thus human and civil rights of one billion women are violated in the world. for the first time on 14-Feb-2013 one billion people rose against every type of discrimination against women to defend women's rights. Since then this day is celebrated in most countries of the world including Afghanistan with the same goal to put an end to all forms of violence against women:
- To put an end to the culture of discrimination, violence and rape against women by having a billion people rise, including women and men.
- To show global solidarity of men an women for defending women's rights.
- To do new works in the era to defend human rights of women.
- To say that today's world does not accept violence against women and violation of human rights.
Conference on Initiatives to Eliminate Violence against Women and its Impact on the Community
OPAWC representatives participated in a one day conference on Initiatives to Eliminate Violence againest Women and its impact on the Community.
The conference was held on 31th December 2015 and organized by HAWCA (Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan), the European Commission and Womankind.
Representatives judicial members, the Head of Family forum, and members from legal institutions from the capital city and the province participated in the conference. Each participant different kinds of violence they experienced.
Distribution of gynecological certificate to women
Over a two-month period OPAWC arranged training session about gynecological issues for the women of the VTC.
The training was held once a week in the VTC campus and run by Operation Mercy trainers. The program was very important and interesting for all women.
Issues discussed included pregnancy, what women should do during this period, the various problems that can occur such as bleeding, high blood pressure, swelling of face and feet etc. The program stressed that such problems should be consider seriously. Similarly, issues of nutrition during pregnancy, heavy activities, miscarriages etc. were discussed in details.
On the last day some guests were invited from different sectors, among them Dr. Karima Salak the Head of Kabul Women Affairs. Salak appreciated OPAWC's activities and praised OPAWC for what OPAWC is doing to help women overcome the difficulties in their lives.
Workshop on Violence against Women
Trainers from HAWCA, the Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan, held a workshop about Violence against Women in OPAWC's center for the women on 10 November 2015.
The one-day workshop covered issues such as: What is violence, kinds of violence, reasons for violence,why women are not responding to violence, forced marriage, and world-wide efforts to eliminate violence against women.
Demonstration against war, for peace
International women activist including OPAWC participated in a demonstration against war and for peace on 19 November 2015 in Bangalore, India. A peace dance performed by a group of women form different counties attracted the attention of many people in the demonstration. Some of the slogans used were: End the war, End the occupation, End terror, End the war in the name of democracy and developments, we stand against all forms of violence against women around the world, and War is Terror.
International women's workshop
OPAWC representative Latifa Ahmady participated in an international meeting of women in Kolar, Bangalore,India.
The three day meeting was held during 17-19 November 2015 with the support of Women in Black- Vimochana. More than 150 women activists from different parts of the world participated in various workshops, including international members of Women in Black (WIB).
World court of women against war, for peace
OPAWC participated in a world court of women against wars, for justice.
The court was held by Women in Black- Vimochana and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore (India), in College premises on Monday, November 16,2015 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The program included personal testimonies, political contextual testimonies, testimonies of resistance, movement testimonies and contributions from war and violence affected women and juries.
Workshop on children's rights
A one day workshop was arranged in OPAWC's Literacy Center on 8 November2015 by partner organization HAWCA and many women participated.
The workshop described in detail what being a child means according to the Civil Law and the Criminal Law. Many types of crimes against children were presented through lectures and joint discussion.