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AGO records 1,173 Cases of violence against women

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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2020)

The Attorney General Office of Afghanistan (AGO) has recorded 1,173 cases of violence against women in the past six months.

The most common types of these violence cases include rape, beatings, harassment, forced marriage, obstruction of the right to marry, premature marriage, the prohibition of inheritance, and the prohibition of possession of the property.

The AGO said that 249 cases of beatings have been filed during the Coronavirus quarantine.

“During quarantine, men’s impatience could increase and we knew that violence would rise too; therefore, all our prosecutor’s office were open to the people and we had recorded 249 cases of beatings during quarantine throughout Afghanistan,” Sina Sheina Mansour, Deputy Attorney General for Violence against Women said.

According to the AGO, the figures include 541 cases of beatings, 141 cases of harassment, 121 cases of rapes and the rest were other acts of violence.

Meanwhile, Kabul witnessed 339 cases of violence, Herat recorded 94 cases, Daikundi reported 67 cases, Takhar registered 66 cases, Nangarhar saw 63 cases, Balkh witnessed 57 cases and the rest were reported in Faryab, Baghlan, Badakhshan and other provinces.

On the other hand, the Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has recorded 754 cases of violence against women as well, most of them were registered in February by 215 cases.

“Domestic violence, forced marriages, not allowing a girl to marry by her family, absence of women’s husband and being hostage of destiny are the most key factors,” said Zabihullah Farhang, head of public relations for the IHRC.

Women’s rights defenders underline that the government should seriously investigate the cases of violence against women and culprits must be brought to justice.

Illiteracy, poverty, lack of religious knowledge, and bad traditions have been cited as the reasons for violence against women.

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Otunbayeva meets acting head of TVET in Kabul

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The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) emphasized the need for the inclusion of women and girls in vocational education on Monday in a meeting with Ghulam Haider Shahamat, acting head of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

In this meeting, Roza Otunbayeva said that vocational training is necessary for the economic development of Afghanistan and women and girls should be included.

Shahamat also expressed that technical and vocational education is effective for poverty alleviation and the growth of the country’s economy.

“The Technical Vocational Education and Training has 383 institutes and high schools all over Afghanistan, which operate in 250 districts and have 6850 staff,” said Shahamat.

Meanwhile, some experts say that Afghanistan needs to develop and create job opportunities for everyone, especially women and girls, and all international institutions play a constructive role for Afghanistan’s progress.

“All organizations which work under the framework of the United Nations can have positive roles in Afghanistan,” said Sarah Rahmani, women rights activist.

In this meeting, the head of the United Nations Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) was also present and emphasized on signing an agreement and creating a joint working group between both institutions.

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Afghanistan’s central bank to auction $17 million this week

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(Last Updated On: February 6, 2023)

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) has announced that it will auction $17 million on Wednesday as part of the efforts to stabilize the value of the Afghan currency against foreign currencies.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the Central Bank of Afghanistan asked qualified private banks and exchange companies to participate in the auction.

The winners of the auction are obliged to settle their accounts by the end of the day. As per the announcement, partial settlement of transactions is not allowed and the winners of the auction are obliged to transfer the payable amount to the central bank in cash within a certain time.

This is the second time in a week the central bank is auctioning US dollars to keep the value of Afghani stable.

The exchange rate was 90 AFN to the US dollar on Monday, February 6, 2023. The central bank sold $16 million on Sunday.

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Russia has no plans to close its embassy in Afghanistan, says envoy

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Russia has no plans to close its diplomatic mission in Kabul, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov told TASS on Monday.

Earlier, the Al-Arabiya TV channel reported that the authorities of several Arab and Western countries decided to close their diplomatic missions in Kabul because of security threats.

“Such thoughts have not even occurred,” Kabulov said, when asked whether Russia had such plans.

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