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From the Ground-Up: Governance and Security Sector Reform in Policy and Practice

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From the Ground-Up: Governance and Security Sector Reform in Policy and Practice

Published: December 23, 2009

This paper will investigate and reflect on opportunities and challenges to gender-equal access  to justice in Afghanistan, and the consequences of unequal access for efforts to promote  gender equality. It takes as its basis the notion that legal justice and social justice are intimately linked. Since 2001, the Afghan government, with support from the international community,  has made a significant effort to institute legal rights and guarantees; these efforts have included a newly adopted Constitution, with guarantees of gender equality; the establishment  of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC); and the ratification of a  number of international human rights treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Despite these successes, efforts to promote and protect human rights and provide all Afghan citizens with equal access to a viable and equitable justice system have met significant challenges.

Author: Krista Nerland

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