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Platforms and Advocacies

In coordination with Afghan Parliament and Civil Society Partners, EPD launched the Afghan Coalition for Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) and Gender Equality Platform (GEP), which later changed to the Provincial Women’s Network (PWN), on 2nd November 2011 in a ceremony held in Kabul. The ceremony was widely attended, including the Ministers of Women’s Affairs and Public Health, members of Parliament, Civil Society partners and representatives from the international community, embassies, international and national NGOs, youth groups, private sector and media.

»  ACTA Platform

Afghans’ Coalition for Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) is a coalition of civil society organizations, networks and associations as well as individuals at the national and community levels who are voluntarily advocating for transparency and accountability of public policies, strategies and resources. ACTA focuses on reviewing government’s governance related policies and strategies and using national budget as a main advocacy tool for improving service delivery. Moreover, the coalition works with the relevant government institutions and civil society organizations to make models of transparency and accountability. ACTA also builds the capacity of both its members and the engaged community members to help them learn community monitoring, advocate for transparency and have updated knowledge about national budget planning, execution and monitoring. At the moment this coalition is working in Kabul, Nangarhar and Bamyan and Herat Provinces.
You can download ACTA’s membership form here and submit it to us.

» PWN Platform

EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD) established the Provincial Women’s Network (formerly the Gender Equality Platform) in 2012 for creating a platform and bringing women leaders from different walks of life (parliament, provincial council, government, civil society, private sector, media and academia) together for networking, coalition building, monitoring women advancement and carrying joint advocacies.
Throughout 2011 and 2012 PWN have carried out quite different sessions of advocacies on women’s issues and causes, provided trainings to women in 34 provinces on their civic participation and rights, and arranged national women’s conferences on women related issues. In the beginning of 2013, EPD managed to establish this women’s network in six other provinces (Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, Bamyan, Kunduz, Faryab and Bagrami District of Kabul Province). PWN was called Gender Equality Platform. The women decided to have their own names of their networks and all decided to use their provincial names with “Women” and “Network” e.g. Faryab Women’s Network, thus changing the name from GEP to Provincial Women’s Network (PWN).
You can download PWN’s membership form here and submit it to us.

ACTA and PWN are EQUALITY for Peace and Development’s internal platforms. Externally, EPD is part of the movement with the rest of civil society organizations. Its external platforms are:

»  Salah Consortium
Salah is a Consortium founded by five Afghan non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that joined forces in order to address peace, good governance and human security issues in Afghanistan during and after the 2014 transition. They are: Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU), Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO), Sanayee Development Organization (SDO), The Liaison Office (TLO) and EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD).
The Salah members are well established and known, active Afghan civil society organizations, with a background in working for peace, dialogue facilitation and conflict resolution. The members have an extensive experience in research and advocacy. They pride themselves on best practices, transparency, accountability, and working in true accordance with the rules and regulations set for the NGOs by the Ministry of Economy of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Their mandates are to promote peace, good governance and advocate for the rights and needs of the community, through numerous active offices across Afghanistan.