The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has established a robust constitutional and policy framework on the promotion of women’s advancement and gender equality. Gender equality policies are enshrined in the Constitution of Afghanistan, Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) as well as in some international legal and development frameworks such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ratified by the government of Afghanistan in 2003 and Sustainable Development Goals, among others. More importantly, the major gender equality commitments of the government have been put together in a coherent implementation framework, otherwise known as the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) and National Action Plan for implementation of UN SCR 1325.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Afghanistan Country Office has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with General Secretariats of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) and Mishrano Jirga (Upper House) to ensure that Parliamentarians mainly the Women’s Commissions from both houses have improved capacity for an inclusive and gender responsive process. Based on this LoA, the Parliament of Afghanistan with technical and financial support of UN-Women Afghanistan established a Resource Center for Women Parliamentarians (RCWP) through which a team of three national staff will be providing legal, technical and research assistance and advice to the MPs and different commissions as well as capacity development support to promote the active participation of women in the discussions and decisions taken in the parliament
For this purpose, the Mishrano Jirga is hiring a National Gender Advisor that is funded by UN Women.