Concern raised over women’s weak role in politics
KABUL (Pajhwok): Women’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari on Sunday expressed her concern over what she called women’s ‘pale’ participation in politics and asked them to make efforts and achieve rights the Constitution had guaranteed for them.
Nazari told a seminar “Women’s Political Participation in Afghanistan” that the government had paved the way for women to partake in political, social and economical activities and enjoy their constitutional rights.
In addition, the minister said new rules and regulations supporting women including the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law, regulation of prohibition of women’s sexual harassment and regulation of support centres had been enforced.
Despite these rules she said: “Women’s role in politics is still lukewarm and various challenges make their political presence weak.”
She said the media could play a vital role in bringing about positive change in mentality of the society towards women.
The minister welcomed the electoral reform commission’s draft giving a 25 percent increase in women’s share in provincial councils and also asked other organisations and political groups to change their attitude for the good of women’s rights.
During the ceremony, a message from CEO Abdullah Abdullah was also read out by Abdul Qahar Abid, the CEO office head.
The message said: “Women form half of a society’s body, how many times this sentence is repeated, it doesn’t detract from the fact of the matter. Women in physical structure of a society are equal to men and aren’t less than men in this regard.”
Abdullah said Afghanistan Constitution stressed women’s participation in politics and the matter was not only mentioned in Article 22th but also in other articles.
The CEO, while recognizing challenges faced by women in acquiring their rights especially during Taliban Regime, said women had many gains and with their participation in government, they had showed a good example of governance.
He said the unity government remained committed to and was ready to increase women’s political participation.
The conference will continue for two more days and during the period, issues regarding women’s political participation would be discussed and assessed.
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