AWN demands increased women’s role in govt
Hasina Safi, AWN head, told a news conference in Kabul that their suggestions were aimed at encouraging the Afghan government to increase women’s role in its administration.
Her organization held meetings with women in 21 provinces to collect their suggestions in the lead up to the Brussels Conference. The meetings discussed women’s civil society activities, rights, education and health, she said.
Safi said the AWN wanted women’s voice to be heard about their current situation and particularly their role to be considered in governance, law enforcement and the peace process.
Samira Hamidi, AWN board director, also said their organization wanted the government to appoint women to important posts.
“Currently only four women are ministers, nine others are deputy ministers, four ambassadors and one woman is governor in the country,” she said, adding 69 members of the Wolesi Jirga and 22 members of the Meshrano Jirga were women.
She said 296 members of provincial councils were also women, but their number in government institutions was very limited compared to men.
Six percent of staff members of the attorney general’s office, eight percent of the Supreme Court and one percent of the Ministry of Defense are women, she said.
Roshan Siran, a member of AWN, said: “Women form more than half of the society in Afghanistan, they should partake in national process such as elections, governance, law enforcement and peace process.”
AWN, an alliance of 132 civil society institutes, works for defending women’s rights.
The international summit in Brussels is scheduled to take place on October 4-5 to discuss sustain economic cooperation with Afghanistan.
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