Rula Ghani to oversee RS gender integration projects, expenditure
KABUL (Pajhwok): Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan, was named Honorary Chair of a high-level advisory committee established to oversee the Resolute Support (RS) Gender Office’s priorities, during a meeting at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul on Saturday.
A statement from the RS mission said that the Committee will assist in determining how internationally donated funds on gender plans, programs, and projects will be invested in Afghanistan.
The meeting, the statement said was attended by key stakeholders from the government of Afghanistan, ambassadors, and representatives from international organizations.
Stakeholders discussed the priorities for Resolute Support’s efforts toward the enduring participation of women in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), and how their full and safe contribution to the security and stability of Afghanistan would best be secured. The protection of the human rights of women and girls was also discussed.
“Today marks an important milestone in Resolute Support’s ongoing backing to gender initiatives within the Afghan Security Institutions (ASI),” said General John Campbell, Commander of Resolute Support mission. “This committee will serve as a valuable forum and platform through which we can better coordinate our collective efforts to support Afghan women in uniform. “Afghan servicewomen already have, and will continue to play an increasingly important role in protecting the Afghan people. Female soldiers and policewomen--- just like their male counterparts--- have already proven their willingness to lay down their lives in defense of this nation. I salute the courage and commitment of all the brave women who currently serve in uniform. They are setting a model example of selfless service for generations to come.”
Col. Amanda Fielding, Resolute Support Senior Gender Advisor said: “The establishment of the Advisory Committee is an important step. The committee’s role will be to provide political and strategic guidance on the plans and programs to support gender integration within the armed forces in Afghanistan.”
The advisory committee will be chaired by the commander of Resolute Support, General John Campbell. Among other members are Ms. Dilbar Nazari, Minister for Women’s Affairs; Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Chief Executive’s Senior Advisor in Women and Youth Affairs; Ms. Nargis Nehan, Presidential Advisor; Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sima Samar; UNAMA’s Senior Representative Secretary Nicholas Haysom; NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Ambassador Ismail Aramaz; Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons; German Ambassador Marcus Poetzel as well as other key stakeholders within Afghan government institutions, non-government associations and international organizations.
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