The Human Rights and Gender Unit is responsible for programmatic planning and implementation of the sixth strategic objective of the Mission, mainstream gender and human rights aspects within the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan National Police.

The main national counterparts of the Unit are the Department of Gender and Human Rights in the Ministry of the Interior, Elimination of Violence against Women Unit in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Police Academy.

 In their work with the national partners seven international gender and human rights experts and three national officers focus on three main areas, i.e. capacity building in the elimination of violence against women and children; capacity building in internal and external police oversight and accountability mechanisms; and mainstreaming gender and human rights in police and prosecutor training.

Capacity building of the Elimination of Violence against Women Unit (EVAW) in the AGO is carried out through training and mentoring, material support and awareness raising campaigns both in Kabul and in the regions. Support to police oversight and accountability revolves around the Office of the Police Ombudsman in the AIHRC, and the objective is to enhance the investigation of serious human rights abuses by the police. The Unit has also developed a human rights and police booklet and an accompanying training package that can be used by EUPOL field offices and by Afghan trainers alike to train the police on basic human rights.