As Afghanistan’s justice system matures, it offers citizens numerous options for legal recourse when their rights are violated. However, many people, especially women, do not know their legal rights or how to use the formal justice system. Additionally, many do not know where to turn when they face legal problems that could be effectively solved through the courts or community mediation.
A lack of legal reference materials has hampered the development of rule of law in Afghanistan. As legal terminology and practice evolved over the past few decades, Afghanistan’s lawyers and judges found themselves without proper dictionaries and legal texts in their own languages
Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law. However, violations of women’s rights are widespread, and many Afghan women do not know how to use the formal justice system to protect their rights. To provide women – as well as men and children – with a better understanding of gender equality, women’s rights, and the legal system, USAID launched a public awareness campaign in Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces in spring 2009.
Afghanistan’s farmers frequently lack access to the agricultural supplies and equipment they need to grow bountiful crops and raise healthy livestock. To provide these goods at an affordable price, USAID established a network of privately owned AgDepot rural farm stores that operate under the Durukshan Association through local Afghan entrepreneurs.
Good governance is possible when citizens and elected officials have the opportunity to discuss local needs and government services on a regular basis. In a country like Afghanistan, poor roads, insufficient communications infrastructure, and security concerns hinder both direct and indirect exchanges. Bridging this gap in communications is essential to providing security and public services, as well as building trust between the government and its constituents.
Last updated: October 24, 2016