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Women’s inclusion in peace process stressed

Women’s inclusion in peace process stressed

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Jun 04, 2020 - 14:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Several foreign missions in Kabul on Thursday welcome the formation of the High Council for National Reconciliation, hoping the date for intra-Afghan negotiations would be announced soon.

The embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom and the EU Delegation called the council’s creation and the start to talks among Afghans critical steps toward peace.

Both the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon insisted on the meaningful participation of womeninfo-icon in these negotiations, the diplomatic missions said in a joint statement

“History shows peace agreements are more durable and successful when women are fully integrated and engaged,” the statement added.

Kabul and the Taliban were asked to include women in all dimensions of the peace process; leadership councils, negotiating teams, consultative shuras, technical and advisory teams.

“We urge both sides to redouble efforts to appoint a greater number of qualified women to these bodies. We also emphasise the importance of men as crucial advocates for gender equality and urge them to actively promote the involvement of women in the process...”

The missions called for thoughtfully considering issues that distinctly affected women, whose constitutional rights must be preserved and strengthened as part of the peace process.

These included women’s rights to work, educationinfo-icon, freedom of movement and access to healthinfo-icon care, the statement said, adding that no country could succeed while ignoring half its population.

“The chance for a peaceful and prosperous future Afghanistaninfo-icon relies on recognising the power and harnessing the unrealised potential of Afghan women,” the statement concluded.

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