Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Project Overview

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women awarded a grant to the Danish Refugee Council in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, CGRS, and two leading NGOs in the region in 2013 to address violence against displaced and refugee women and girls in the two countries.

Most of the refugees in Tajikistan arrive from the country’s war-torn neighbor to the south, Afghanistan, where women and girls face gender-based violence and discrimination. In 2014 and 2015, CGRS attorneys conducted in-country trainings and workshops - in person in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Kabul, Afghanistan as well as via teleconference - for attorneys and law students on providing legal aid to trauma survivors. In addition, we conducted original research, including interviewing local stakeholders, on laws protecting women from violence in the two countries, analyzing how these laws have been implemented, and proposing recommendations for improvement. Read our comprehensive report, with chapters on both countries, at this link.

Read our November 2013 newsletter about the initiation of this project and our September 2014 newsletter for an account of the first set of in-country trainings and field work activities. Our training manuals are available here.

Project Partners

Danish Refugee Council (Afghanistan/Tajikistan)

Right & Prosperity (Tajikistan)

Women for Afghan Women (Afghanistan)

Pictured below: Attorney Christine Lin with training participants in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (May 2015)