Advocacy and Networking
In 2014-2015, CLIP implemented a two-year project funded by Tawanmandi. The project aimed at decreasing the practice of baad. CLIP developed a comprehensive advocacy and networking strategy based on an assessment conducted during the initial phase of the project. Around 100 advocacy sessions and over 50 networking tours were carried-out. The events brought thousands of women, traditional leaders, religious scholars and legal experts together where they discussed the compatibility of the practice of baad with the Afghan Constitution and religious doctrines. Also, through a number of inter-provincial tours representatives from target provinces met with their counterparts and observed role plays of each other’s conflict resolution mechanisms. At last, they declared their disagreements with the practice of baad through series of open shuras where some members of parliament and provincial councilors were present. Findings of final assessment indicated a 45% decrease in practice of baad in target provinces. In 2016, findings of The Asia Foundation Survey of the Afghan People indicated that most Afghans (65.5%) strongly disagree with the practice of baad. CLIP is proud to have been a partner in this initiative.
Advocacy is essential for CLIP about policy change in three areas:
- –Assist to create policy where there is a need for it;
- –Help amend harmful or ineffective policies; and
- –Support to institutionalize democratic oriented policies.
- –Decrease the Practice of Baad and Advocacy for EVAW Law