Govt urged to fully implement UN resolution 1325
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Human rights officials on Monday asked the government to implement all provisions of the United Nations resolution 1325 through the National Action Work Plan on women.
The Afghan government has started consultative meetings in various provinces to implement the action plan which was enacted earlier this year. The plan promises meaningful inclusion of women in the peace process to ensure that hard-won rights for women are not rolled back.
The UN Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325) on women and peace and security on October 31, 2000. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.
It stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security and urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts.
It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
A gathering in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province “National Action Plan and Women, Peace and Security” was attended by human rights officials and activists.
A human rights department official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nimatullah Ishaqzai, told the gathering that the Afghan government had ratified the UNSC resolution 1325.
“The main provisions of the resolution are giving the women due participation in political affairs, preventing violence against women and protecting their rights,” he said.
Human Rights Commission chief for the eastern zone, Sabrina Hamidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the gathering that the government should implement provisions of the UN resolution. She said they would work with the government in implementing the resolution.
Laghman women’s affairs acting director Sana Tehsinkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News she would campaign for the implementation of the UN resolution in the eastern province, calling government cooperation in this regard as essential.
Nangarhar deputy governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal said more focus should be given to women’s education and prevention of violence against them. “Women can participate in the peace process because they can persuade family members to join the peace process.”
The deputy governor reiterated the provincial government’s resolve to implement the UNSC resolution.
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