The Special Secretariat Held its First Session

The Special Secretariat held is first meeting to evaluate the recent allegations on harassment of women in the government offices. This session was held on Tuesday Assad 15 at the HQs of the AIHRC.

During this session, Commissioner Shabnam Salihi talked with representatives of the ministries of Women Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs, Commission on Administrative Reforms and Civil Services, Attorney General’s Office and Women’s Network of Afghanistan on functions and activities of this Secretariat in addressing the recent allegations made about harassment of women in the offices.

Ms. Shabnam Salehi, said that the purpose of holding this meeting was to create more coordination among the various institutions for recording, documentation and investigation of the allegations on harassment of women in the offices. Commissioner Salihi emphasized that as an impartial and trusted institution, the AIHRC calls on all government agencies, civil society organizations and the media to cooperate with the Special Secretariat in order to address the recent allegations effectively and precisely.

She added that the success of the Special Secretariat in addressing these allegations could help to create a healthy atmosphere in the workplaces and also prevent future violence against women.

Other issues discussed in this meeting, were ensuring that there is a transparent mechanism for receiving complaints, how the cases were referred to the Commission, advocacy and monitoring of the cases in Justice and judicial institutions.

At the end of this meeting, all representatives of various departments expressed their views and readiness to coordinate and cooperate with the Special Secretariat.

It is worth mentioning that the Special Secretariat for Investigation of the Recent Allegations on Harassment of Women in the Offices has been established in the framework of the AIHRC, based on a Presidential order.

According to this order, the Special Secretariat is tasked to examine and evaluate all allegations within three months and if criminal cases are identified, the cases should be submitted to the General Attorney Office. A report of the measures taken by the AIHRC shall be handed over to the Presidential office, through Chairperson of the Commission.