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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase support for development programmes in Afghanistan that promote women's rights.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is placing women and girls at the heart of its development programme and is already supporting women's rights in Afghanistan. During my recent visit to Kabul I launched the Strengthening Afghanistan's Civil Society Project (‘Tawanmandi'—‘Strengthening' in Dari). Jointly funded with Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Tawanmandi will provide grants to civil society organisations across Afghanistan to help them to engage more effectively with the Government and hold it to account. Human rights, particularly women's rights, and access to justice will be major themes.
In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides support to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Support Unit at the Ministry of Justice. The FCO also provides support to paralegal services working with women and girls in adult prisons and juvenile detention centres.