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Afghanistan Protection Analysis Update

2022-11-04
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The current operational context shows both significant opportunities as well as risks and challenges for exploring durable solutions for IDPs. IDPs have decreased since August 2021 and access has been expanded throughout the country, while meaningful access, particularly related to restriction on freedom of movement of women and girls, is still hindered. The safety and well-being of women, girls and other vulnerable groups remains one of the most important protection issues in Q2. Restrictions on freedom of movement of women and girls continues to be a major access issue in the second quarter of 2022. The closure of schools for girls above grade six in most regions of the country has continued and is still a major concern for the humanitarian community in Afghanistan and the civil society. Due to the various challenges including the economic crisis and the lack of livelihood opportunities, vulnerable populations are adopting negative coping mechanisms such as child marriage, forced marriage, child labor, etc.

Preventing the negative coping mechanisms necessitates the engagement of the De facto Authorities, Donors, humanitarian agencies, civil society organization and community particularly female representatives. Finally, the promotion and support of women’s and girls’ rights and the equal participation of female staff in the humanitarian responses require a serious and collaborated effort from all fronts including diplomatic channels.