Speakers underline more proactive political role for women
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): During a panel discussion in the capital of central Bamyan province, young speakers called for women’s more proactive participation in politics.
Supported by the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Saturday’s event in Bamyan City was attended by more than 300 youth, mostly women.
Representing a diverse cross-section of society, the speakers highlighted women’s role in the society and politics. They agreed a greater role in politics and decision-making was central to women’s empowerment.
Mohammad Sadiq Ali Yar, Bamyan Peace Committee head, told Pajhwok Afghan News after the fall of the Taliban regime, women had got the opportunity to join mainstream politics but they did not have real power.
The current level of women’s presence in parliament and other government departments was far from satisfactory, he acknowledged, suggesting 50 percent seats for females in state institutions.
But Lt. Fatima Ahmadi, a senior policewoman, said the role of women in provincial government, especially in security institutions, was satisfactory. Currently, 50 women are part of the police force in Bamyan.
During recent elections for the provincial council’s administrative board, Tayeba Khawari, who had been the council’s chairperson, lost her seat to Hussain Dad Khalili.
The panel included the head of the local political parties’ coordination council, a religious scholar, a social activist and an academic. Panelists considered challenges facing the political participation of women.
Religious scholar Hanif Hussaini said: “Women have played a great role in social and political life according to Islamic history. Islam encourages women to take active part in the social wellbeing of society.”
SadiqAliyar, an expert on politics and the peace process, identified challenges women face when trying to participate in social and political life.
He identified negative traditions, lack of awareness, illiteracy and low capacity of women politicians were the main hurdles to women’s effective political participation.
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