Published date: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

In March 2021, UNSW Law alumni, Dr Melissa Jardine traveled to Afghanistan to conduct an assessment of progress regarding the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security since the fall of the Taliban 20 years ago. It is estimated that 87% of women in Afghanistan have been victims of at least one form of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, and amid peace negotiations there has been an uptick of violence against women (up 37% since the same period in 2020) with attacks and assassinations aimed at women police, judges, journalists and activists. Dr Jardine's work with the UN Women Afghanistan Country Office was to assess the status of gender-sensitive security sector reform and provide recommendations for reform and to support women who are suffering multiple crises of insecurity, gender-based violence and COVID-19.