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Courts to Address Violence Against Women (AF0003)



Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Supreme Court

Support Institution(s): MoWA, AIHRC, AIBA, women rights networks and women rights advocacy networks

Policy Areas

Gender, Judiciary, Justice, Public Participation, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Given the socio-cultural context of Afghanistan, women would feel comfortable if their VaW cases are addressed through especial VaW courts in presence of female judges. Currently, VaW cases are addressed through Criminal Department (Dewan-e Jaza) in 19 provinces of Afghanistan and in the remaining 15 provinces, VaW cases are addressed by VaW special courts. This situation can undermine inclusive access to justice within the country.; What is the commitment?: In order to address this challenge, Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan committed, during the consultative meetings of Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan Forum, to establish 12 more VaW special courts in 12 provinces of the country in collaboration with CSOs. Established special courts to address VaW crimes are expected to increase women’s access to justice in the mentioned provinces, address and reduce VaW crimes.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: First, implementation of this commitment would contribute to inclusive access to quality judicial services in the 12 provinces. Second, the special courts in the provinces will be supported by legal organizations such as Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), women rights networks, women rights advocacy organizations, MoWA and AIHRC to ensure women access to justice. Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will organize training sessions for CSOs in Kabul and 12 provinces to raise their awareness about the mandate and jurisdiction of VaW special courts, and will request them to transfer this information to the general public. This will prevent VaW cases from staying on the table and encourage people to use these courts to address VaW crimes. Third, these courts will better address VaW crimes according to applicable laws of Afghanistan, contributing to decreased VaW crimes and enhanced rule of law in the country.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: Establishment of the special courts will ensure that women have unhindered access. Further, the functionality of special courts will prevent the accumulation VaW cases in the supreme court thereby not only increasing access but also the accountability. These courts are mandated to work with AIBA, women rights networks and AIHRC to make sure cases are dealt with in just and timely manner. Moreover, the aforesaid CSOs can attend the trials within the scope of law. Given all said, the commitment is relevant to public participation, accountability and transparency.; Additional information: Necessary fund for implementing this commitment will be provided from the budget of Supreme Court and through international donor agencies. This commitment is relevant with National Justice and Judicial Reform Program.

Afghanistan's Commitments

  1. Mechanism of Public Partnership in Inspection Process

    AF0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. Law on Processing, Publishing and Enforcing Legislative Documents

    AF0002, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  4. Public-Police Partnership Councils

    AF0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Registering Assets of Government Officials

    AF0005, 2017, Asset Disclosure

  6. Scheme for Establishing Health Service Accreditation Entity

    AF0006, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Urban Improvement National Policy

    AF0007, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  8. Protection Policy for Women Under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Gender

  9. Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education

    AF0009, 2017, Education

  10. Plan for the Establishment of a Joint Committee Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy

    AF0010, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Capacity Building

  12. Implementing Open Contracting

    AF0012, 2017, E-Government

  13. Public Participation in Road Network Projects

    AF0013, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport