Final Evaluation: Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan and Tajikistan for Displaced Persons through Legal Aid and Training to Combat Violence against Women

Authors/editor(s): Yelena Gyulkhandanyan

Location: Tajikistan and Afghanistan

Grantee: Danish Refugee Council

Grant Period: January 12th, 2013 – November 3rd, 2015

Grant Amount: USD 737,587

 

Danish Refugee Council implemented the project “Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan and Tajikistan for Displaced Persons through Legal Aid and Training to Combat Violence against Women” in order to reduce impunity for sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in displacement. The initiative aimed to empower women living in displacement as a result of access to social and legal services for survivors as well as raising awareness on women’s rights and sexual and gender-based violence in target locations in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. 

 

Main findings of the evaluation: 

  • In Afghanistan, awareness raising sessions were successful at increasing awareness of women’s rights by 48.3% from the baseline, and awareness of SGBV by 42.1%. 
  • The project successfully reached out and improved access to legal aid and protection for displaced women and girls affected by or at-risk of SGBV. 
  • The establishment of legal aid clinics was efficient in empowering women to seek help with legal problems and SGBV. 
  • The increase in knowledge and awareness of SGBV contribute to the sustainability of project results.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Afghanistan; Tajikistan

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Monitoring and evaluation; Trust funds; UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women; Rape/sexual assault; Access to justice and legal protection; Women’s rights; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender equality and inequality

Resource type: Evaluation reports

Publication year: 2016

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)