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Women share their priorities, concerns with UN

Women share their priorities, concerns with UN

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Nov 23, 2019 - 10:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The importance of womeninfo-icon’s meaningful participation for sustainable peace is the focus of this year’s Global Open Days meeting on women, peace and security.

Thirty women’s rights activists and gender equality advocates from different provinces met here for an inclusive, open and collaborative dialogue, the UN Women said in a statement on Saturday.

Women from Baghlan, Balk, Bamyan, Faryab, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Paktia shared the most pressing concerns and priorities for peace with the United Nations.

“There has never been a more opportune time for all Afghan women and men to work together -- as equals and without discrimination -- to ensure women’s real and meaningful participation in peace and security decision-making processes.” said the UN secretary-general’s special representative.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA), added: “It is a vital necessity if there is to be real, inclusive and sustainable peace.”

 

The discussions also focused on the necessity for support to women-led organisations to protect, uphold and promote the rights of women and girls.

Building and sustaining peace needed women’s voices and leadership, stressed Aleta Miller, UN Women representative. “There have been many gains for women’s human rights since 2000.”

“We remain aware of the remaining challenges - much work is before us to ensure that women throughout Afghanistan … have access to the full scope of their human rights and can participate fully in national and local peace-building,” she added.

Participants highlighted that Afghan women were clear in their message: they want peace that benefits all Afghans and that it does not come at the expense of the rights of women.

They stressed the best way to ensure that women’s rights were protected was to listen to them instead of speaking for them.

Participants urged peace processes must be inclusive and include grassroots representation. They also emphasized the full, equal and meaningful participation of women must be ensured at all levels of societyinfo-icon to achieve a sustainable and inclusive peace in Afghanistan.

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