Afghan women for role in peace efforts
KABUL(PAN): A successful transition to long-lasting peace and security in the country could not be achieved without giving women active representation in such efforts, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Monday.
"Peace efforts in Afghanistan are male-dominant and the women's role in this regard has a symbolic part," Sima Samar, AIHRC head, told a ceremony celebrating the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1325 by the UN Security Council in October, 2000.
The resolution urges member states to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.
Samar said women lacked role in decision-making process, assailing the High Peace Council for not including any of the council nine female members in a trip to Pakistan as part of the council efforts to muster regional support for the process aimed at seeking a negotiated end to the conflict.
The rights activist also said a committee had been established to oversee the implementation of the UN resolution, urging the world body and the international community to help them implement the declaration.
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