EVAW-Law (Elimination of Violence against Women)
In 2009 a new law entered into force that defines and penalises various types of violence against women. For the first time, rape is now a statutory offence in Afghanistan and domestic violence is also recognised as a crime. This could lead to an improvement in the lives of many Afghan women, but there is very little enforcement of the law. Hardly any of the judges, state prosecutors or defence lawyers know about the law and even if they do, this doesn’t mean they all accept it. With the Taliban coming to power in 2021, the EVAW-Law is likely to be abolished.