As this vital project comes to an end, our local partner is focusing on engagement with local communities on justice issues, humanitarian support in response to COVID-19, and learning and development activities to embed the changes initiated through this project. Just one example of this is the bi-annual learning seminar which took place over the summer.
This is an important event as it provides a forum for representatives from Christian Aid’s Afghanistan team, our local partners, representatives from local communities, human rights departments, justice departments, academic institutions and other NGOs to come together to discuss the key challenges within the justice system and identify opportunities to work together on solutions. This seminar reflects Christian Aid’s belief that the greatest impact is achieved by working together.
The project has focused on creating linkages between both formal and traditional justice systems, which is crucial to ensuring that access to justice is not just a vision, but a reality for all. Mixing discussion of practice, Islamic teaching, national and international laws and traditional beliefs and practices, this learning seminar provided a safe space to promote discussion and debate amongst key parties in the justice process. An important point which arose during the seminar was that the fight for justice is firmly intertwined with gender equality. While it is acknowledged that this is a long-term process, the seeds of change can be seen in the fact that the formal justice system has recently started balancing gender and inclusion of women within the system. The overwhelming acceptance of all stakeholders that the engagement of more women will increase the quality of their work and enable them to better protect women rights is a success of this project.