Although there have been significant improvements in women rights issues, observations and findings from field research carried out by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) are alarming. More than 3’000 instancesof violence were registered by AIHRC in the first six months of the current Afghan year, which began on March 21, 2012 (hereafter, referred to as current year).However, the massive amount of cases is not only indicating widespread violence against women, but also manifesting a greater awareness of women’s rights that led to more reported cases and instances.

Violence against women is considered a widespread and undeniable reality in Afghanistan’s society.The present report covers different types of violence against women in the first 6 months of the current year. Besides statistical information the report also presents illustrative cases of violence that tell a horrendous reality.

3331 instances of violence were recorded and classified into four different types of violence, namely physical, verbal and psychological, economic and sexual violence. Some of the instances could not been assigned to one of these types and were regrouped under the category ‘other instances of violence’. The data shows that 1051 individuals have experienced violence in the covered 6 months; all of them experienced at least 2 types of violence. The gap between the number of victims and instances is, hence, due to the fact that in many cases a woman has experienced more than one particular kind of violence. Despite tremendous efforts by the AIHRC the presented data still underestimates the real number of cases of violence against women. This is due to various reasons that are often in relation to harmful traditional practices and, in particular, women’s fear to face continued violence when reporting the acts of violence---- for further studying , go to the attached link :

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