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Women rights be protected in peace talks: EPD

Women rights be protected in peace talks: EPD

May 13, 2015 - 16:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) on Wednesday said that authorities should not compromise on womeninfo-icon’s rights to educationinfo-icon and politics during talks with Talibaninfo-icon.

The EPD complained the peace process was being carried out by selective individual who wanted to serve their own interest. They warned against ignoring the mandate of Afghan women in peace process.

These views were expressed during a three-day conference organized by Afghan women’s organization, the EPD. Around 150 women from different walks of live, member of peace committee and government officials took part in the debate.

Women Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari during her speech at said women witnessed more persecution in the last few decades. They were brutally killed, sexually assaulted, and suffered from poverty.

Recently, the two days of informal talks were organized in Doha by a Canada-based organization, Pushwag Council that works for solution to international conflicts. Taliban during the conference assured participants that they were not against women’s participation in politics, an Afghan delegation member had said.

An eight-member Taliban delegation and a 20-member Afghan government delegation took part in the research conference titled “Afghan dialogue” aiming at ending the long-running conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The Afghan delegation included members of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon, lawmakers, politicians and civil societyinfo-icon activists. A delegation of the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon of Afghanistan (HIA) also participated in the conference.

Masum Stanikzai, secretary of the High Peace Council (HPC), said women representative should become member of peace committees that functioning in the provinces.

He said women role was vital in elimination of extremism and terrorism as they were an important part of families in the shape of a mother, sister and wife.

The conference passed an eight-pint resolution stressing on active role of women in the peace process and implementation of their constitutional rights.

The resolution said that women should be kept aware of every progress made in the reconciliation process through a proper mechanism.


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