“Read the Constitution of Afghanistan, the Elimination of Violence Against Women legislation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and local laws and mechanisms which grant you your basic rights, so that you are prepared to defend these rights. You can only do this when you have studied and understand and are aware of your rights,” said Dr. Sima Samar, the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, while urging a group of Afghan women activists to know and understand their rights at the Promote Musharikat National Summit in May.
To deepen Musharikat Coalition members’ knowledge of the rights afforded to Afghan women, Promote Musharikat crafted an initiative to educate over 200 women activists in the first three coalitions − Access to Education, Violence Against Women and Women’s Economic Empowerment. In July, the project initiated delivery of a series of educational messages through the Musharikat Mobile Platform (MMP) to the coalition members across all 34 provinces. Through the mobile messaging, members first receive an introductory email that contains the Constitution of Afghanistan, followed by a series of texts with the key sections which directly relate to women’s rights. These messages are drawn from various sources including The Constitution of Afghanistan, Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Education Law, Afghan Labor Law, U.N Security Council Resolution 1325 and National Action Plan for Women in Afghanistan. Over the coming weeks, the MMP women’s rights education initiative will help equip coalition members with the necessary knowledge of the key provisions of national and international laws and conventions so they can better define and support women’s rights in Afghanistan and advocate for their fellow women.