By: Shukria Kohistani
More than 130 Afghan women have been killed due to family violence in the past one year. This comes amid of increasing attacks on female media workers as three female media workers working for Enaikas “Reflection” TV channel in Nangarhar’s Jalalabad city were shot to death the other day. The female media workers were killed on 4th PD in Jalalabad city while they were on way to their homes.
According to officials of Enaikas TV, Mursal Habibi, Sadia Sadat and another female worker lost their lives. Meanwhile, Afghanistan ministry of women affairs on the threshold of International Women’s Day has declared that violence against Afghan women have increased by 50 percent in the past one year.
Based on information of the ministry of women affairs, almost 136 women have been killed due to various family violence in the past one year.
Officials for the ministry have said violence cases against women have been registered in the ministry, adding that Sar-e-Pul has witnessed with most cases of violence against women comparing to other provinces of the country.
Speaking to journalists in a news conference, a spokesperson to ministry of women affairs said 1,200 cases of violence have been registered, adding that nearly 300 cases of escaping from home due to family violence have been registered.
Previously, deputy minister of women affairs had said that violence against women had increased considerably due to COVID-19 pandemic although registration of violence cases against women during lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic had been low.
Related to recent violence cases against women, an Afghan teacher Yalda in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent has said unfortunately due to increasing insecurities and COVID-19 pandemic, violence cases against women have increased considerably, adding that most of such violence has resulted in death of women in the country.
According to this Afghan teacher, the destiny of Afghan women and their achievements of the past 19 years is vague in ongoing intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams. This situation has increased the concerns of Afghan women. She asked that the issue and rights of women and their achievements should be clear in the peace talks.
Marzia, another Afghan woman working as an employee of the government says the ministry of women affairs has informed of increasing violence against women at a time when the situation is really shocking for the women as they are facing with various challenges and problems.
She asked the government to fully address violence cases against women and prevent from killing of Afghan women working outside their homes. She also asked for providing a safe working environment for Afghan women in government institutions.
This comes at a time when preparation is taken to mark the International Women’s Day set to be celebrated on 8 March by various civil society organizations and women rights agencies in the country.