11Aug 18

New Penal Code in Afghanistan permits virginity testing under the disguise of a prohibition

Virginity testing is a painful and inhumane procedure, routinely conducted in criminal proceedings in Afghanistan. Though the practice is scientifically unsound, prosecutors and judges often pass orders for women and girls accused of “moral crimes” (such as sexual intercourse outside of marriage or running away from home) to undergo invasive and humiliating vaginal and rectal exams to try to ascertain their sexual history. The doctors’ forensic reports are tendered as evidence in court and have led to many lengthy prison sentences for women, including those who have survived sexual violence. The government has passed Circulars down the various Ministries to prohibit “forced gynecological examination” and made numerous statements publicly condemning the practice. It shows willingness for reform at a high level of government, and we do…

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16May 18

Update on Zahra Khawari’s suicide case

Medica Afghanistan is appreciating the Etlaat Roz news agency for documenting Zahra Khawar’s case process regularly. Medica Afghanistan is standing beside Zahra Khawari’s family for justice through the legal representation of the case by one of its defense lawyers Yalda Ahmadi. Please find attached an update information about the case prepared by Etlaat Roz news agency by following link. http://etilaatroz.com/60749/  

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16Apr 18

Justice for victims who have been subjected to gynecological examinations

  On 4 March 2018, Medica Afghanistan held a conference to bring justice for victims (our clients) who have been subjected to gynecological examinations. We brought together doctors, lawyers, prosecutors, judges and activists to initiate a deeper discussion into the medico-legal issues which plague gynecological examinations. The Conference was one step in our work to put an end to these humiliating practices which we will continue through collective advocacy, awareness-raising, and law reform and in cooperation with the Committee to Prohibit Forced Gynecological Examination. Established in 2016 the Committee is constituted by the participation of 30 Afghan civil society organizations including World Health Organization (WHO), Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO). To learn more about the conference, see the attached report. We…

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Our Current Programs

Advocacy

Medica Afghanistan’s Advocacy work complements the direct services by raising public awareness about violence against women and waging creative campaigns to stop it. Our Advocacy staff members—trained in communication, public policy, human rights and gender issues—create publicity, lobby political leaders and the Afghan government, and provide trainings to officials and opinion-makers to change public attitudes . . .
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Legal Aid

Medica Afghanistan’s legal aid program serves women and girls who have come into conflict with the criminal law or seek a solution to a civil issue. Medica Afghanistan provides legal advice, legal representation and defense, and family mediation. In addition, in cases of women released from prison into their families and communities, Medica Afghanistan’s lawyers and social workers follow up with mediation to resolve family conflicts  . . .
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Psychosocial Counseling

Medica Afghanistan provides psychosocial group and individual counseling to women and girls at key location throughout Kabul, including districts 5,7,8, and 13, the Women’s Garden, the Juvenile Center, the women’s prison and women’s shelters. Medica Afghanistanalso maintains consultation centers in three government hospitals: Rabia Balkhi and Stomatology in Kabul, and the regional hospital in Herat. In the hospitals Medica . . .
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