Afghanistan: uncounted and discounted

Afghanistan: uncounted and discounted

Revealing the facts about domestic violence in Afghanistan

There has been limited research regarding the nature and extent of violence against women in Afghanistan. The service-based research carried out for this report seeks to begin to fill this void. For the purpose of this study, UNIFEM Afghanistan analysed data collected by organisations and agencies working throughout the country. Through this study, UNIFEM seeks to raise awareness about violence against women by shedding light on the types of violence being committed against women, the victims and perpetrators of such violence, the manner in which data is collected on violence against women, and the way referrals are being made.

Some of the report's key findings are:

  • sufficient levels of data regarding the number and nature of violent acts being committed against women is not currently being collected
  • details about victims, perpetrators, occurrence rates, and weapons used were mostly unavailable
  • the focus of research on violence against women is currently largely limited to the victims of such violence. This limited line of inquiry may also reflect a lack of understanding of the multi-layered causes of gender-violence by the organisations currently carrying out such research
  • violence affects women of all ages without regard to marital status, education or employment
  • violence against women is committed by actors within the family, community and State
  • violence begins to affect women at an early age
  • abuse perpetrated by a member of a woman’s family or someone known to her is widespread
  • violence against women perpetrated by an intimate partner appears endemic
  • various forms of psychological violence are used to keep women in a position of subordination
  • at least one woman in four in the sample suffered some form of sexual violence
  • between 30.7% and 43.1% of the sample experienced some form of physical violence
  • the study forms the basis of a lobby for greater accountability from the Afghan Government on the issue of domestic violence.
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