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Afghan women for role in peace efforts

Afghan women for role in peace efforts

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Mar 28, 2011 - 20:18

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A successful transition to long-lasting peace and security in the country could not be achieved without giving womeninfo-icon active representation in such efforts, Afghanistaninfo-icon'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 Councilinfo-icon for not including any of the council nine female members in a trip to Pakistaninfo-icon 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 worldinfo-icon body and the international community to help them implement the declaration.

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