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UN stresses women’s active participation in elections

UN stresses women’s active participation in elections

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):Significant progress has been made in the promotion of gender equality in Afghanistaninfo-icon over the past decade, the United Nations noted on Tuesday.

On International Womeninfo-icon’s Day, the worldinfo-icon body cited constitutional guarantees on non-discrimination and the enactment of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law.

It also referred to the adoption of the National Action Plan on Security Council Resolution 1325 on promoting women in leadership and their meaningful participation in conflict-prevention and peace negotiations.

This year International Women’s Dayis being marked under the theme of “Planet 50-50 by 2030” to challenge entrenched patterns of discrimination and inequality and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination of women and girls.

The UN also recognised the increased representation of Afghan women in the workplace - including in ministries, parliament and civil societyinfo-icon - and their contribution to the economic and social development of the country.

But despite these achievements, women continue to face enormous challenges that exclude them from political processes vital for peace and security. The escalation in conflict continues to take a heavy toll on Afghan women, with a 37 per cent increase in women casualties in 2015.

The UN called upon the government to strengthen the implementation of its gender commitments in compliance with Afghanistan’s international obligations - including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

“Sustaining the gains made and promoting women’s rights are a must for Afghanistan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and, more specifically, to make the goal of 50-50 by 2030 a reality,” said ElziraSagynbaeva, UN Women’s country representative.

Substantial participation of women in the forthcoming parliamentary and district elections is critical to the credibility and inclusiveness of the process,according to her.

Nicholas Haysom, the secretary-general’s special representative, stressed: “Women must be able to participate actively in all political, social and development initiatives across the country, including in peace processes.”

Haysom added Afghan men and boys had an important role to play in helping to empower women and achieve gender equality in the home, the community and the workplace.


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