AIBA Participates in Bi-Lateral Bar Association Exchange Program in Spain: The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association’s (AIBA) goal is to effectively carry out its mandate to improve access to fair trials, to increase confidence in the legal profession among the public, to improve cooperation between stakeholders in the justice sector, to promote new generations of dedicated legal professionals, and to fight against administrative corruption. In November 2015 the Spanish Bar Association, the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (ICAM), hosted a delegation of AIBA leadership members and facilitated a number of meetings and visits to major Spanish judicial institutions including a trial court, the Madrid Bar Association, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Spanish General Prosecutor’s Office, the Spanish Congress, and the Law Faculty of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). JSSP and AIBA seek to foster continuing cooperation between Spain and Afghanistan in the Rule of Law field.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) Office at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), with JSSP support, launched a country-wide public awareness campaign, including television (TV) spots and billboards, on domestic violence and the services provided to victims by VWAP. JSSP assisted MOWA’s VWAP office with the design and development of the campaign. The TV spot began airing on June 10, and aired through June 27, with 75 airings country-wide during “golden time” (prime time) and “silver time” (fewer people watching and less expensive) on four different channels (National TV, TOLO TV, Shamshad TV and Rah-e-Farda TV). There is a final message to perpetrators that domestic violence is a crime and perpetrators can be jailed for such acts. Billboards in Dari and Pashto were installed on June 10, at five different strategic locations in Kabul, near main roads and intersections. The billboards display two pictures side-by-side; one shows a husband beating his wife; the other shows a perpetrator being arrested. The message is “Stop Violence Against Women!” Information regarding VWAP, including the number to call for assistance, is provided on the billboard.