Following political rights verification training held on October 3, 2013, FEFA conducted two day campaign political rights verification training on March 4-5. This training was aimed at updating information of provincial coordinators on the verification tools and polishing their skills on mechanisms of verification during campaign period. Taking into account the fact that the verification of political rights only focuses on women participants, 34 female provincial coordinators were given the privilege to attend the training.
At the training, the participants were briefed on the importance of verification during campaign period and were urged to further authenticate their reports by sharing them with the advocacy groups they have established in their provinces and cross check their findings with the reports published on local and national media outlets. The advocacy groups established in 34 provinces are comprised of members of civil society organizations, women rights activists, representatives of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs who actively take part in discussing the verification findings of FEFA provincial coordinators and providing their comments and feedback. These groups will not only enable FEFA expand its network in provinces but will importantly encourage women to collectively take action on the problems and together seek out ways to resolve them.
The campaign verification will focus on three types of reports on the situation of women’s political rights across the country; 1) monthly comprehensive report on provincial security trends; 2) weekly report on campaign rallies, civic education and outreach programs and; 3) quick reports (incidents and documented cases). Once all these reports are collected from 34 provinces, a monthly report is drafted and shared with stakeholders two days before the Election Day.
Through verification of political rights, FEFA ensures before the holding of the elections, the full exercise by women candidates, voters, observers and political parties, of their political rights under the Afghan Constitution is protected, including freedom of expression and access to information, freedom of assemblies and movement and the principle of non-discrimination, non-intimidation and non-partiality.
Date: March 16, 2014