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National Action Plan for Women in Afghanistan

Drafted May 1, 20051

"The National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) is the main resource for gender mainstreaming in Afghanistan's government institutions.

Commitments: The NAPWA is a 10-year plan of action by the Government of Afghanistan to implement its commitments to women constituents. These commitments are provided under the Afghan Constitution as well as international treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Implementation: The NAPWA is a high-level benchmark for achieving women's equal integration into the Government of Afghanistan under the Afghanistan Compact and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS).

The purpose of the NAPWA is to ensure continuity and consistency in government efforts to protect women's citizenship rights in Afghan society through equality and empowerment. Its vision is to build a peaceful and progressive Afghanistan where women and men both enjoy security, equal rights and opportunities in all aspects of life.


The NAPWA focuses on six sectors that are critical in accelerating the improvement of women’s status in the country, namely:

  • Security
  • Legal Protection and Human Rights
  • Leadership and Political Participation
  • Economy, Work and Poverty
  • Health
  • Education

The NAPWA includes a comprehensive analysis of the current situation of women in the above sectors. A 10-year goal is laid out, based on the analysis, and policies and actions are identified that must be implemented in order to address women’s difficulties.

These steps take into consideration the government’s commitments under the Afghanistan Millennium Development Goals, the Afghanistan Compact and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS)."2

1The Exact date of the publication is unclear. A task-force meeting took place on March 1, 2005, and that is when the foundation of the document took shape

2Summary adopted in its entirety from UNIFEM Afghanistan website at: http://afghanistan.unifem.org/prog/MOWA/napwa.html  (last accessed July 29, 2009)

Anna Knutzen,
Jul 19, 2009, 2:00 AM