AWEC’s provincial office arranged one day session on “Justice for Women and Girls in Formal and Informal Justice Systems”:
On 15th October, 2019, the provincial office of Afghan Women’s Educational Center arranged one day youth debate session on Justice for Women and Girls in Formal and Informal Justice Systems. It was aimed to analyze and evaluate both systems regarding access of women and girls to justice. The participants were youth, university students, civil activists, and members of community.
The session was started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by one of the participants. It was followed by a brief introduction of all the participants and a brainstorming session. The brainstorming session was aimed to mentally prepare the participants about the topic and motivate them to confidently take part in discussions. During this session, justice, equality, being formal and informal, and some characteristics of both systems were debated by the part takers.
Onwards that, during the second phase of the session, participants were grouped into five for first group work in order to discuss both the systems in a small and controllable number of participants. All the groups were debating over the same topics. The reason was that to have a unified conclusion from all the groups.
During the first group work, all the five groups were discussing these topics regarding informal justice system simultaneously: what is informal justice system, its characteristics, and steps; issues solved in informal system relevant to women and girls; access of women to justice in this system; areas relevant to women that are violated in this system; challenges for women and girls to access justice in this system; and comparatively positive aspects of informal justice system.
After that, all the groups shared their conclusions with other groups in order to be debated and questioned by others. As a result of discussing the conclusion of each group, all the groups made a common conclusion.
Next to that, after a refreshment break, the participants were regrouped into five. During second group work, all the groups were discussing formal justice system. The topics for discussions were: what is formal justice system, its features, and stages; problems solved in this system related to women and girls; access of women to justice in it; rights of women violate; challenges for women and girls to access justice in this system; and comparatively positive aspects of this system that will make people prefer it.