Activities Accomplished During 2019

WILPF Afghanistan Section


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Type of Activity:  Conference
Theme of the activities: Voice of Women the Voice of Peace
Location: Kabul
Date: January 2019
Participants: 200 Men and Women

This conference was highly effective as there was an increase in the WILPF members where 200 men and women participated for sustainable peace. Moreover, they promised to work for peace, adopted behavior changes in their respective communities, increased dialogues and communication space for promoting women role in the peace process. The participants expressed immense interest for these conferences and perceived it as a tool for successful and sustainable peace ensuring role of women.

Type of Activity:  Conference
Theme of the activities:  Role and Participation of Women in Sustainable

Peace from Islamic Perspective

Location: Kabul
Date: February 2019
Participants: 200 Men and Women

Empowered women and youth to participate in peace process and increased members of WILPF awareness increase about WILPF Afghanistan Section and International WILPF and appreciated WILPFers their hard working and effort for peace.  Each participant promised with commitment to share this information in families and society and spend peaceful life.  184 men and women from different walks of life became aware from various matters regarding their role in peace process and other related issue about peace. press statement announced for the sustainable peace and women participation in peace.

Type of Activity:  Campaign
Theme of the activities:  Environmental Campaign & Plantation
Location: Kabul
Date: March 2019
Participants: 2000 men/ women

WILPF Afghanistan Section has empowered women and youth to address the environmental, economic, and political issues that affect them. This campaign enjoined almost 2000 women and men from different walks of life.  By that campaign people got effective awareness and motivated to keep their surrounding clean and green.  More than 2000 people awarded by spreading environmental brochures, media.

Planted trees in different district of Kabul, positive behavior changed, increased dissemination of knowledge on climate change, awareness raised on environmental issues.

Type of Activity:  Workshop
Theme of the activities:  International Women’s Day Continue Move Forward for Sustainable Peace and Social Justice
Location: Kabul
Date: March 2019
Participants: 51 women

In this conference Ms. Jamila Afghani discussed the women’s role, in addition she mentioned those women whom are faced difficult problem to raise women’s voice. That conference was very beneficial for those women who want to do something for their country. WILPF members increased, outcome of this workshop, several advocacy meetings conducted for women empowerment, challenges addressed, women and youths mobilized, focal points motivated for better performance, 51 women got awareness on their rights.

Type of Activity:  Two-Day Conference
Theme of the activities:  The gathering of women and youths for Peace in Kandahar province
Location: Kandahar
Date: March 2019
Participants: 200 men and women

Two days conference was conducted successful in Kandahar province. Mothers of Taliban and ANA talked with each other and addressed their problems that they faced during the war. Two days conference brought positive changes in both opposite parties.  WILPF Afghanistan Section was introduced, WILPF members increase, they requested for more conferences to be conducted in Kandahar province for sustainable peace. All participants promised to share WILPF goal, objectives and aim with their effort in their families and areas where they live.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy Meetings
Theme of the activities:  Advocacy Meetings held with Environmental Protection Department and MoWA
Location: Kabul
Date: May 2019
Participants: Men/ Women

Several Advocacy meeting conducted for better environment. They helped and motivated us to conduct workshops and make Afghanistan green. More issues discussed during those meeting regarding environment, economic, and political issues, in addition those meetings were successful for the fulfillment of our aim.

Type of Activity:  Press Conference
Theme of the activities:  Press Conference on Women’s Alliance for Protection of Religious and National Values
Location: Kabul
Date: June 2019
Participants: 150 men and women

Shared understanding of the latest evidence on:     Recent status of Afghanistan, how challenges can be addressed and opportunities can be leveraged for a better situation of Afghanistan, advocacy meetings planed for peace and reconciliation. WILPF’s awareness expended, WILPF members increased, 150 men and women got awareness from different topics regarding peace and equality of women. Men and women mobilized. Press statement announced, and that press statement expended through media in all over of Afghanistan.

Type of Activity:  Dialogue
Theme of the activities: Can We Witness a Real Peace in Afghanistan
Location: Kabul
Date: Jane 2019
Participants: 150 Men and Women

Recent status of Afghanistan, how challenges can be addressed and opportunities can be leveraged for better situation of Afghanistan, 150 men and women got awareness from different topics regarding peace and equality of women. Men and women mobilized.

Type of Activity:  Meeting (Internal)
Theme of the activities: Board Meeting
Location: WILPF Afghanistan Section Office
Date: Jane 2019
Participants: 13 women 2 men

Ms. Jamila Afghani presented her trips report and those activities accomplished under her leadership. She designed a program on how UPR is advocated in government of Afghanistan. Ms. Afghani update the board members and the steering committee about her visit to Geneva and whatever was achieved during her trip. On UPR, CEDAW and CRC. Mr. Dr. Raeid member of the consulting committee of WILPF Afghanistan Section was advised to work on CRC advocacy briefing paper.

Type of Activity:  Peace Talks and Trip
Theme of the activities: WILPF Afghanistan Section Participated the Intra-Afghan Meetings
Location: Doha Qatar
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men/women
  • On 8th July at 6:00 pm evening a presentation was done based on the report which was submitted to UNWOMEN, and the expert group on women, peace and security
  • On 8th July night we had a dinner meeting with women delegates from Qatar foundation as well as ministry of foreign affairs of Qatar.
  • On 10th July there was a meeting with president Ghani in Afghanistan presidential palace as welcoming meeting with the delegates to hear their experiences and get more information about the Doha conference.
  • On 11th July Meeting with civil society group consists of 50-70 active civil society members were present and a group of delegates present their findings about Doha conference as well as at the end question and answer session was also helpful.
  • H.E. Ambassador John R. Bass, Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy held a meeting on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the U.S. Embassy, Kabul.  Where we also met Germany ambassador
  • On behalf of the Office of the First Lady, in coordination with the United Nations and the Office of the President, I was invited to attend a roundtable discussion hosted in honor of the United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina Mohammad during her trip to Kabul. Ms. Muhammad is the second-highest-ranking official in the UN.
  • On July 16th WISE hosted a side event during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on the topic of “Religious Freedom for Women and Girls in Afghanistan: A Proactive Plan to Guarantee Women’s Rights in U.S. Peace Talks with the Taliban.” The event took place on Tuesday, July 16th at U.S. Institute of Peace, and Ms. Afghani joined the program through phone call and Ms. Afghani focused on the issue of women, peace and security. The session was for two and a half hour and there were some other panelists from Afghanistan, Palwasha Kakar, Belqies Ahamadi, Palwasha Hassan and Daisy Khan from WISE.
  • The Ambassador of Norway Mr. Kjell Tormod Petterson has the honor to invite For a Nordic + Ambassador’s lunch on Thursday 18th July 2019 at 12:00 at Ambassador’s residence, Embassy of Norway in Kabul
  • A meeting was hold with two Expert colleagues Miss Tabatha Thompson and Maria Stephan who were in Kabul for a scoping mission of a major USIP initiative promoting Non-Violent Actions in support of peace process.  The purpose of this meeting was to contextualize the Training Guide “Synergizing Non-Violent Action and Peacebuilding” in consultation with the relevant individuals and institutions involved in peace building in Afghanistan.  The meeting was scheduled for Monday at 14:00 July 15 at USIP office.
  • A “Round Table Discussion on Peace Mediation” was facilitated by Mr. McAllister who is an international expert in this field”. This meeting was scheduled for Sunday July 21st in UNAMA office Palace No.7 located at street 15 Wazir Akbar Khan. Where a round 20 civil society members participated. The awareness training was very much interesting and informative.
  • On the 21st July a lunch meeting was held by Executive Director from Ottawa and the ambassador of Canada in Kabul on Sunday at the Canadian Embassy for an informal discussion to have a frank conversation on women’s role in the peace process, the challenges, and the needs of women peacebuilders to be meaningfully included in the peace process.
  • On 24th two interviews were conducted by New Yorker Magazine, and Ms. Halima Kazim who is doing her PHD research on “Afghanistan and Islamic feminist” she is co-professor from California State University.
  •  A roundtable, “Religious Women Negotiating on the Frontlines of Violence.” took place on Thursday, July 25th from It was an interesting presentation a great program with researchers from Afghanistan, Libya, Kenya and Syria bringing exclusive videos, stories and preliminary findings was shared and I participated through phone
  • On 25th July there was a lunch meeting with EU delegation in Kabul. The meeting was focused on the experience of women delegates on their recent visit with Taliban and their expectation for next round of talks.
  • On 26th July the DSG had a briefing the Security Council Friday and I was invited to brief via VTC as well. The Presidency for this month was Peru and UNAMA office Kabul organized the logistic arrangements for the session. It briefing went well where beside HE Amina Mohammad and her delegates representatives from Kuwait, British, Poland, Germany, Indonesia, USA and some other countries had their feedbacks. The presentation from Afghanistan was appreciated by all the representatives supporting women, peace and security issues especially in Afghanistan
Type of Activity:  Meetings
Theme of the activities: Meeting with women delegate from Qatar foundation as well ministry of foreign affairs of Qatar
Location: Qatar counterparts
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men/women

On 8th July night we had meeting with women delegate from Qatar foundation as well ministry of foreign affairs of Qatar. The dinner was hosted only for Afghan women delegates to share their experiences and information with Qatar counterparts. Dr. Hend Abd Al Raman a member of the advisory council was heading the dinner. Ms. Reem Yousef Al Harami second secretary of deputy rim minister office of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Saad Arumaini, Maryam Al Mahmoud, Maryam Alsubciey were from Qatar Foundation.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy meeting
Theme of the activities: Meeting with president Ghani, update on Doha peace talk.
Location: Qatar counterparts
Date: July 2019
Participants:

On 10th July there was a meeting with president Ghani in the presidential palace a welcoming meeting with the delegates to hear their experiences and get more information about the Doha conference. The president was looking very much emotional and had very negative feeling about Taliban, not allowing the same group to attend the next round of talks, or even the host country to be changed from Qatar to other country.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy meeting
Theme of the activities: Meeting with civil society group
Location: Qatar counterparts
Date: October 2019
Participants: 70 Men/ Women Social Activists

First Lady, in coordination with the United Nations and the Office of the President, invited Ms. Afghani to attend a round table discussion hosted in honor of the United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina Mohammad during her trip to Kabul. Ms. Muhammad is the second-highest-ranking official in the UN. The gathering took place during the UN DSG’s upcoming official trip to Kabul, on Saturday, July 20th in Dil Kusha palace in Arg in the afternoon.

Type of Activity:  Side Event
Theme of the activities: Side event during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on the topic of “Religious Freedom for Women and Girls in Afghanistan”
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men and Women/CSOs

In U.S. Peace Talks with the Taliban ” The event took place on July 16t at U.S. Institute of Peace, Ms. Afghani joined the program through phone call and focused on the issue of women, peace and security. The session was for two and half hour.  The other panelists from Afghanistan, Palwasha Kakar, Beliqis Ahamadi, Palwasha Hassan and Daisy Khan from WISE.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy meeting
Theme of the activities: Meeting with The Ambassador of Norway Mr. Kjell Tormod Petterson
Location: Kabul
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men and Women/CSOs

The Ambassador of Norway Mr. Kjell Tormod Petterson honored Afghan CSOs to invite For a Nordic Ambassador’s lunch on the 18th of July 2019 at Ambassador’s residence, Embassy of Norway, exchanged views and listen to Afghan women and WILPF Afghanistan Section concerns on the peace process.

Type of Activity:  Discussion
Theme of the activities: Round Table Discussion on Peace Mediation
Location: Kabul UNAMA
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men and Women/CSOs

A Round Table Discussion on Peace & Mediation” was facilitated by Mr. McAllister, who is an international expert in this field, this meeting was scheduled for Sunday July 21st at UNAMA office Palace No.7 located at street 15 Wazir Akbar Khan. Where a round 20 civil society members participated. WILPF Afghanistan Section had active part in the discussion.

Type of Activity:  Meeting
Theme of the activities: A lunch meeting on women’s role in the peace process Embassy of Canada
Location: Kabul
Date: July 2019
Participants: Men and Women

A Round Table Discussion on Peace & Mediation” was facilitated by Mr. McAllister, who is an international expert in this field, this meeting was scheduled for Sunday July 21st at UNAMA office Palace No.7 located at street 15 Wazir Akbar Khan. Where a round 20 civil society members participated. WILPF Afghanistan Section had active part in the discussion.

Type of Activity:  Workshop
Theme of the activities: Awareness Raising on 1325 UNSCR
Location: Kabul
Date: Dec 2019
Participants: 30 Women

30 women and girls including delegates from Kabul city were given awareness raising about 16 days of gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women. In addition, they knew about the history of 16 days of activism. WILPF members increased, appreciated WILPFers for such a workshop conducted.

On 24th two interviews were conducted by New Yorker Magazine, and Ms. Halima Kazam who is doing her PHD research on “Afghanistan and Islamic feminist” she is co professor from California State University.

Type of Activity:  Meeting
Theme of the activities: A lunch Meeting on the Experience of Women Delegates on their Recent Visit with Taliban
Location: Kabul
Date: July 2019
Participants: CSOs/Women and Men

On 25th July there was a lunch meeting with EU delegation in Kabul. The meeting was focused on the experience of women delegates on their recent visit with Taliban and their expectation for next round of talks.

Type of Activity:  Round table
Theme of the activities: A round table, “Religious Women Negotiating on the Frontlines of Violence through phone”
Location: Different countries
Date: July 2019
Beneficiaries:

A round table, “Religious Women Negotiating on the Front-lines against Violence.” took place on Thursday, July 25th. It was an interesting presentation a great program with researchers from Afghanistan, Libya, Kenya and Syria bringing exclusive videos, stories and preliminary findings shared. Ms. Afghani participated through phone.

Type of Activity:  Meeting
Theme of the activities: Presentation
Location: Kabul UNAMA
Date: 26, 7, 2019

On 26th July the DSG had a briefing the Security Council Friday and I was invited to brief via VTC as well. The Presidency for this month was Peru and UNAMA office Kabul organized the logistic arrangements for the session. It briefing went well where beside HE Amina Mohammad and her delegate’s representatives from Kuwait, British, Poland, Germany, Indonesia, USA and some other countries had their feedback’s. The presentation from Afghanistan was appreciated by all the representatives supporting women, peace and security issues especially in Afghanistan.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy Meeting
Theme of the activities: Religious Women on the Front-line of Peace Talk to Bridge the Gaps
Location: Canadian Embassy Kabul
Date: August 2019

First Lady, in coordination with the United Nations and the Office of the President, I was invited to attend a roundtable discussion hosted in honor of the United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina Mohammad during her trip to Kabul. Ms. Muhammad is the second-highest-ranking official in the UN. The gathering took place during the UN DSG’s upcoming official trip to Kabul, on Saturday, July 20, in Dil Kusha palace in Arg from 2:15 PM. The event will end at 3:45 PM

Type of Activity:  Meeting
Theme of the activities: Board meeting with the intent to reduce gaps and to create strong ceiling.
Location: WILPF Afghanistan Section Office
Date: August 2019
Beneficiaries: 11 Board Members

Ms. Jamila Afghani president WILPF Afghanistan Section chaired the meeting and said “we should have national agenda for the future of our county, where we have to be by tomorrow, we should see that image of future, if we do not have the image, we must draw that image and should struggle at national and international level and create a working committee, conduct workshops, and should discuss the following questions”

  1. What would be the image of women in the upcoming government?
  2. 2.How would be the education system in that government?
  3. What would be the position of Muslims women in that government?

This meeting was very effective for the upcoming activities.  All the participants presented their ideas regarding WILPF’s activities. In addition, they promised with the commitment to work for peace and reconciliation and enhance role of women in all dimensions of political, social and environmental peace.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy Meeting
Theme of the activities: Advocacy on Women Active Participation in Peace Process and Negotiations
Date: Sep 2019
  1. Core Advocacy group of active women established.
  2. Advocacy meetings and gathering held.
  3. Conferences for WILPF Afghanistan Section focal points from the provinces held.
  4. women, youths were mobilized.
  5. Round table with media were conducted.
Type of Activity:  Campaign
Theme of the activities: Peace Campaign
Location: Kabul
Date: Sep 2019
Beneficiaries: 1000 men/women

Empowered women, girls, men, boys and youths for sustainable peace process number increased. Awareness on WILPF goal and objectives increased. WILPFers were appraised for their hard work and efforts for peace.  Members promised and committed to share this information in families and society. Peace brochures distributed in different parts of Kabul. Campaign successfully expended through media and hard copies as well.

Type of Activity:  Board meeting
Theme of the activities: Update on previous activities and plan for upcoming activities
Location: WILPF Afghanistan Section Office
Date: October 2019
Beneficiaries: 11 Board Members

 

Ms. Jamila Afghani president WILPF Afghanistan Section and Regional Representative for South Asia warmly welcomed and described the Agenda to the Board, and then she presented her report regarding WILPF activities, she said, “ Women‘s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded on the 28th of April 1915 WILPF brings together women from all nations of the World, they did a lot of good things, especially since the foundation of the United Nation. In addition, WILPF was the highest decision making bodies”. Ms. Afghani also added “The conventions on rights of the child, Human Rights, and persons with disabilities were created by lawsuit of these people, moreover have it created a kind of monitoring and accountability system that monitoring governments, they report back to the United Nation on what governments doing on Human Rights”.

She also told the board “We have conducted programs and meeting for almost a year and shared our ideas with them, they knew that our work was getting more and more colorful, after a year they accepted us as group and WILPF had worked as a group for a year, after a year we became known as a WILPF Afghanistan Section. In Geneva there was a series of UPR Programs that had a very good result, because government of Afghanistan accepted 90% of our suggestions and 100% of our suggestions accepted by other countries,

There are a few other suggestions on women’s issues that we need to seek more from the state department and from other ministries, moreover, three months ago I participated from Afghanistan in United Nation General Assembly, in which I had a speech which was extremely welcomed and highly appreciated that had very good feedback. This made good opportunity for WILPF, I had a series of meetings in embassies Canada, Sweden and Norway, Norwegian Embassy interested to be host in the next talk . There is another program international women leadership pogrom will be conduct three week in USA. And the General assembly pogroms will be take place 2021 in Australia where representatives should participate from difference countries we worked in Kabul as well as we want to work in provinces. Target provinces are (Khost, Ghazni, Ningarhar, Helmand and Kunduz  these provinces  are war affected areas and unstable . Almost we would have 2 or 3 focus groups and workshops and maybe we would conduct a round table and press conference and these programs would be conduct in Kabul”.

Type of Activity:  Gathering
Theme of the activities: Celebration of International Day of Peace
Location: WILPF Afghanistan Section Office
Date: Sep 2019
Beneficiaries: 20 women

WILPFer celebrated the international day of peace and talked about the History of the International Day. Ms. Masooda said “The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace”.

The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, people around the world take part in various activities and organize events centered on the theme “peace”. Events vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums involving large audiences.

Organizations such as Roots & Shoots, an international environmental and humanitarian program for youth, show their support for the event on an annual basis. Young people involved in Roots & Shoots may engage in activities such as crafting giant peace dove puppets from re-used materials and flying the doves in their communities. People from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds also commit to organizing an International Day of Peace Vigil. Some groups observe a minute of silence at noon in every time zone across the world on Peace Day.

Public Life:

The UN’s International Day of Peace is a global observance and not a public holiday. It is a day when nations around the world are invited to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day.

Symbols

The peace dove flying with an olive branch in its beak is one of the most commonly featured symbols for the day. In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam a white dove is generally a sign for peace. The dove can also represent “hope for peace” or a peace offering from one person to another, hence the phrase “to extend an olive branch”. Often, the dove is represented as still in flight to remind people of its role as messenger.

Type of Activity:  Conference
Theme of the activities: The Role of Women in Peace & Security
Location: Helmand
Date: 31/10/2019
Beneficiaries: 100 men/ women

Strengthened referral network:

Improved community’s knowledge, understanding and awareness on peace and women’s role issues through community mobilization;

that conference attracted 100 men and women. WILPF members increased. Focal points of the Kandahar province motivated. advocacy meetings conducted, problems of that province discussed.

Type of Activity:  Round Table
Theme of the activities: The round table of localization of women on peace and security
Location: Nigaristan Meli Kabul
Date: 7/11/2019
Beneficiaries: 40 women and men

Women and youths mobilized, participants acknowledged of women’s rights, got awareness about resolution of 1325. Long discussion occurred between participants about localization of women on peace and security. New participants interested to be the part of WILPF as well as they promised to take part in each activities of WILPF Afghanistan Section Other Round table will be conducted in 2020.

Type of Activity:  Conference
Theme of the activities: Afghan Women Collation to Promote Women’s Right and their Role in Sustainable Peace
Location: Kabul
Date: November 2019
Beneficiaries: 120 men/ women

Great efforts made to address the situation of women in armed conflict, including the HRC on the Status of Women special protection should be accorded to women and children during armed conflict and emergency situations. WILPF Afghanistan Sections adopted the Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict. Addressed women’ s rights and equality. very effective discussion came out from group work session.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy Meeting
Theme of the activities: Advocacy on WPS and UPR “advocacy meetings”
Location: Canadian Embassy Kabul
Date: November 2019
Beneficiaries: 40 Women

women and youths participated from several provinces of Afghanistan. Problems, activities and achievement discussed in that advocacy meeting. WILPF Afghanistan was highly appreciated by Canadian embassy, and promissed that they would solve the problems as soon as possible.

Type of Activity:  Advocacy Meeting
Theme of the activities: Ministry of Peace Meeting with Mr. Sargand
Location: Ministry of Peace Kabul
Date: 09/12/2019
Beneficiaries: 5 WILPFers

The meeting was conducted on for the intend of the bring sustainable peace and as well as to coordinate with WILPF Afghanistan Section. The meeting was very successful and Mr. Sargand promised to coordinate with WILPF Afghanistan Section . Mr. Sargand pointed out some important issues about women involvement in peace process.

Type of Activity:  TV and Media Activity
Theme of the activities: TV Show Round Table localization of women on peace and security
Location: Zan TV Kabul
Date: December 2019
Beneficiaries: 300,000 Viewers

Women Localization on Peace and Security vastly broadcasted and viewed nation wide.

Type of Activity:  Workshop
Theme of the activities: People with disability mobilized on women peace and security Agenda
Location: Kabul
Date: 2019
Beneficiaries: 100

Workshops were conducted during the year of 2019.

Type of Activity:  WILPFers Team
Theme of the activities: Young WILPFers team was created
Location: Kabul
Date: 2019
Beneficiaries: 13