Every day women are raped, beaten and forced into marriage, but few of these crimes are reported.
Afghanistan is often described as one of the most dangerous countries for women, yet the country only has 1,551 female police officers—one for every 10,000 women.
More women are urgently needed in the Afghan police force in order to reduce violence against women and ensure the safety of all Afghans, according to a report published by Oxfam today.
By coming together and discussing the issues of conflict and violence their communities are facing, local peace councils in Afghanistan find ways to mitigate and mediate them. When addressed at a grassroots level, solving these local conflicts can help bring wider peace to the whole of Afghanistan.
Development gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade are in danger of being thrown away if levels of aid fall away in conjunction with the withdrawal of international troops in 2014.
Twenty leading international and Afghan NGOs today called on NATO and the Afghan government to agree to commitments to ensure Afghan National Security Forces are able to protect civilians and are held accountable if they commit abuses or violate international law.