UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women is dedicated to advance gender equality and women’s human rights in Afghanistan. Staff and consultants of UN Women Afghanistan are expected to contribute to a professional working environment in which the strengthening of national capacities and human potential is prioritized. Respect for diversity and human dignity is required, as is the active pursuit of a collaborative and inclusive approach to both internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partners.
UN Women has three programmatic pillars: EVAW, Economic and Political Empowerment, and Coordination and Advocacy. Focus areas within the EVAW Pillar, in which this position is placed, are: protection from and prevention of VAW, including access to justice; EVAW advocacy and support to Women Protection Centers and Family Guidance Centers; legal reform, and; support to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) on VAW initiatives. Significant work is also done in partnership with civil society, both as implementing partners and as advocates.
The EVAW Pillar supports national counterparts – including MoWA, key line ministries, Parliamentary bodies, and civil society- in implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) and Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) in the areas of legal protection, rule of law and women’s human rights. The Pillar builds on partnerships developed with MoWA, other line ministries, local government entities in the justice, interior, social protection and health sectors, NGOs and community based groups to strengthen legal protection mechanisms that are socially and culturally sensitive to Afghanistan’s context.
The EVAW Pillar provides support to both MoWA and the civil society organizations in developing and implementation of protection mechanisms for women at risk of violence or being target of violence.