A coordination meeting of NAP 1325 Sub-committee of National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) and the Provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs) was held on December 6, 2017 at the Malika Palace of Baghe Babur, Kabul, to discuss future advocacy activities of NAP 1325 Subcommittee, identify advocacy priorities based on experiences of the Provincial Advocacy Committees, and draft a strategy for NAP 1325 Subcommittee.
The event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), the Secretariat for NAC-PP, following the first NAP 1325 Subcommittee meeting held on November 9, 2017. The event was sequenced as follows:
- Review of the Commitments of the Afghan Government for Implementation of NAP 1325
- Review of the comments and recommendations of NAP 1325 Subcommittee members from the previous meeting of the Subcommittee.
- Developing a strategy for the NAP 1325 Subcommittee based on commitments of the Afghan government as documented in Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 and recommendations of member organizations.
- PACs’ advocacy activity reports and a presentation of cases which require advocacy at the national level.
Thirty eight (38) participants attended the event consisting of the NAP 1325 Subcommittee members, PAC members from Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar and Daikundi provinces, and the Chairperson and the Deputy Chair of NAC-PP.
The participants discussed approaches to developing an effective strategy based on a realistic vision and mission, advocacy priorities with the consideration of existing capacities and resources, and risk analysis for the NAP 1325 Subcommittee.
The following sections provide summaries of key points from the presentations and the follow up discussion.
Government Commitments for Implementation of NAP 1325
The Secretariat of NAC-PP opened the event with presenting the key components of NAP 1325 and the commitments of the Afghan government to implementing them as the general framework for future advocacy activities of NAP 1325 Subcommittee. The commitments were presented under the following four pillars of NAP 1325:
- Participation: Increase the effective participation of women in decision-makings of the civil service, security sector, elections, and peace negotiations through policy reforms and capacity building.
- Protection: Protection of women against all forms of violence and discrimination through implementation and monitoring of laws, access to justice, and provisions of health and psychological services for female victims of violence through reforms of the reform, implementation, and monitoring of related policies and laws.
- Prevention: Prevention of all forms of sexual violence against women through elimination of the culture of impunity and public awareness programs.
- Relief and Recovery: Ensuring women’s access to education and health services, employment opportunities, financial recourses, and implementation of IDPs Policy Provisions on UNSCR 1325.
Subsequently, the participants discussed the policy gaps, implementation obstacles, and impeding factors relating to the implementation of NAP 1325 and shared their suggestions for the better implementation of NAP 1325.
Recommendations from Previous Meetings of NAP 1325 Sub-committee
The second presentation consisted of an analysis of the recommendation of the NAP 1325 Subcommittee members in response to the questions designed by the NAC-PP Secretariat for identifying advocacy priorities during the previous meeting of the of the Subcommittee. This presentation was use as the common ground on which to develop the Subcommittee’s strategy.
Development of NAP 1325 Subcommittee’s Strategy
The third part of the event was dedicated to developing a strategy for NAP 1325 Sub-committee. Secretariat of NAC-PP provided detailed information on how to develop a strategy, including risk analysis, identifying advocacy priorities, SWOT analysis, and identifying actors, factors and mechanisms related to each advocacy issue.
The participants were divided into five working groups representing Kabul, Takhar, Nangarhar, Diakondi and Mazar-e Sharif to discuss the advocacy priorities and answer the guiding question for developing a strategy. It was agreed that the Secretariat of NAC-PP will draft a strategy based on the responses and recommendations of the work groups.
The full report of proceedings is available on NAC-PP’s Reports page here.