Training Human Rights Association (THRA) is an AICS certified non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization working in the areas of advocacy, capacity development, gender, elections, awareness and prevention of violence against women. Founded in1997, THRA is led and staffed by Afghan women. THRA’s focus is to raise communities’ awareness of women’s rights based on Universal Declaration of Human rights, UN conventions as well as women’s Islamic rights.Read More
Ms. Roshan Sirran is widely recognized in Afghanistan and internationally as one of the leading voices for Afghan women’s rights. Through various roles, she has 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of Afghan women; as an NGO leader, an advocate, an elected legislator, a municipal worker, an education director, a trainer, and a writer.
Sirran has served as the Women’s Advocacy Training Consultant for IFES’ Support for Increased Electoral Participation (SIEP) program in Afghanistan for three years. Ms. Roshan is the founder and Executive Director of Training Human Rights Association for Afghan Women (THRA), which is a leading non-political and non-profit organization working for Afghan women’s capacity development, gender, elections and advocacy. She has designed and implemented countless women’s rights advocacy and outreach programs across the country, including complex face-to-face education and training of trainers programs.Read More...
THRA deployed female & male observers for the 2018 parliamentary elections in the eastern Afghanistan
The 2018 parliamentary elections in Afghanistan conducted on 20 October 2018, some CSOs deployed observers and monitored the election. THRA was one of the NDI six grantee partner CSOs who had observers in 80 polling centers in the eastern Afghanistan. One of the observers Mr. Mohammad Naseer explained his election observation story as: I was deployed as observer by THRA in Eidgah Mosque polling center (PC # 0601031) in Jalalabad of Nangarhar province. I observed the election day and completed the checklists as per the observation skills, that I was provided with, through the observation training. I started my work at 07:00 am in the morning and ended at 12:00 am at night in the same polling center; I knew election is a matter of the national importance and a concern for the future of the Afghan people. Therefore, I agreed to accept each and every sort of hazard and challenges during my observation, so far as we continued to observe the counting process till late night in hours of darkness. While, I was moving around veranda of the mosque, it was dark and I could not see well, my foot slipped from stairs of the veranda and my leg has broken. So, I was in bed for twenty days and was not able even to attend my university classes for the period. I was worried whether the trouble I bear for the election observation will result and the findings I got will be accurately shared with the public and relevant stakeholders or not. While I was in such anxiety, I had a call from THRA inviting me to the conference on preliminary election observation findings on 27 Nov 2018 in Jalalabad, I intended to attend and started moving towards the venue. When arrived to the venue, I saw printed copies of the preliminary observation findings' report in front of the participants, had a glance over it and found that the image of our observation was exactly mirrored with accuracy. I have been happy and forgot the trouble I had of my leg broken for collecting the observation data. Because, result of my hard work was accurately presented to media, CSOs, tribal elders, IEC, IECC, government officials and other participants. This was a moment of pleasure for me.
“Islam emphasizes the necessity of education for both females and males.” Najwan, Kama, Nangarhar
Najwan (not her real name), from the Kama district of Nangarhar province had a big problem: she really wanted to go to school, but a group of boys harassed her so much on the way to class that she and her family decided it was best for her to just stay at home. Najwan wanted an education and, as she states now, “Islam emphasizes the necessity of education for both females and males.” She also understood proper schooling would enable her to contribute to her community, but she and her family did not know what to do about the boys standing in her way. And Najwan was not alone. She knew of at least 20 other girls also trapped at home by the harassment. Fortunately for Najwan, the Training Human Rights Association for Afghan Women (THRA) organization stepped in to address the girls’ problem. THRA is a small civil society organization (CSO) that was a founding member of USAID Musharikat’s Access to Education Coalition. One way Musharikat supports its coalition members is to provide advocacy skill training workshops. THRA attended these sessions and with support from a Musharikat grant, put this new learning to work. THRA quickly found that girls faced two key challenges: lack of women teachers and harassment of girls going to school. To address the lack of women teachers, THRA put together with the support from Musharikat’s advocacy and policy team a presentation on the importance of having women teachers in school. This compelling advocacy work was presented to the leadership of the Directorate of Education at a fortunate time because the school system was in the middle of a restructuring. With the valuable information from THRA, the Department of Education took the initiative to hire 33 new female teachers. Addressing the problem of boys harassing girls on the way to school would require a different approach. THRA knew they would need help from the community, so they met with local community elders and influential mullahs to explain the serious problem girls were facing. Once everyone in the room fully understood the problem, the group decided that first the elders would talk with the parents of the misbehaving boys. At the same time, the mullahs would deliver Friday prayer sermons directly addressing the importance of girls’ education and the support girls need from the community. Fortunately, the conversations with parents and the mullah’s sermons worked! As a result of THRA’s advocacy efforts, 23 girls from the Ka-ma district resumed attending school. Najwan was free to pursue her educational dreams, and her father was proud to declare, “I am pleased that I have been able to support my daughter.” More generally, the Kama district school principal Mr. Shafiullah, noted that there has been a “great change regarding girls’ harassment in the district,” and he sees a large increase in the number of girls enrolling.