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Women further need to be empowered: Rights’ activists

Women further need to be empowered: Rights’ activists

Jun 01, 2015 - 18:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A womeninfo-icon’s political rights advocacy group on Monday urged government to raise women share in top government positions including governorships.

Speaking at a press conference, members of the group said in order to support and empower women the government should give them opportunities in leadership positions.

The group was established three years back, with representation of women’s rights activists, independent election commission members, officials of women’s affairs ministry, political parties and media.

Orzala Barekzai, member of the group, said: “We want government to deliver on its promises to increase women’s role in the governance and electoral reforms process.’’

She added it was imperative for the government to also appoint women as governors in at least nine provinces.

Barekzai said they wanted the government to appoint a woman as member of the high council of the Supreme Court, Afghanistaninfo-icon’s missions abroad, deputy ministerial positions and at directorate and commission-levels.

“We welcome presence of four women in Afghanistan’s cabinet. But this is not enough. The government should enhance women’s participation at all levels with an inclusive national programme,” she continued.

Adela Bahram, president of the Republican Party and member of the group, said: “This is time the government demonstrate commitment in appointing women at high positions.”



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