Women rights need to be protected: Rula Ghani
Marking the 15th anniversary of the 1325 UN Security Council resolution on women and security at Turkish Embassy here in Kabul, Rula Ghani underlined the need for Afghan women’s equal rights in the country.
The Security Council adopted the 1325 resolution on 31 October 2000, reaffirming important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building and their equal participation in all matters of peace and security.
Marriët Schuurman, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for women, peace and security, said her presence at the gathering meant NATO had an active role in empowering of women. “I’m here to listen to Afghan women and learn from them.”
She praised Afghan women’s role in security and ongoing peace process. “The Afghan women’s determination is praiseworthy.” Ms. Schuurman also met with Rula Ghani and discussed ways ahead on how to protect women from conflicts.
Afghanistan’s Fist Lady stressed during the wars in Afghanistan the women suffered the most and had less facilities to cope with the situation.
Referring to Farkhunda’s recent brutal murder, Rula Ghani said women in Afghanistan sometimes met with such fates and when they raised their voices they were being suppressed.
“In a society where warlords are people’s heroes, Farkhunda became a symbol of justice,” she said, adding that it was necessary to educate people and change their mentality.
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