In Afghanistan the on-going war brings many social uncertainties. Women and girls are especially at risk: 87% of the Afghan women experience sexual and/or physical violence in their lives. Although the minimum age for marriage under Afghan law is 16, it is estimated that still 60% of the girls is forced to marry before that age. These young girls often end up in the hospital with severe physical injuries and psychological trauma. With the Community Resource Mapping and Mobilization (RMM) project, the social determinants of health are addressed.
Women backbone of the programme
The backbone of the RMM programme is the on-going support of 15 female focal points in each of the target provinces. Health Works trains and enables them to set up local (sub) groups in order to generate plans and actions towards an increase in their autonomy. Topics that are being addressed are related to stress management, health and hygiene, women’s rights, coping with family violence, peace building, gender in Islam, children’s rights, vaccination etc. After the training each woman creates her own network, resulting in an enhanced reach of the programme.
Key elements of the project:
a) Training and education
b) Operational research
c) Capacity building
d) Awareness raising
Activities and results include: