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EU welcomes launch of NAP to implement UN resolution

EU welcomes launch of NAP to implement UN resolution

Jul 12, 2015 - 17:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Sunday welcomed the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Womeninfo-icon, Peace and Security.

The implementation of the NAP was one of the key commitments of the Afghan government during the Afghanistaninfo-icon - EU Human Rights Dialogue held on 15 June 2015 in Kabul, a statement from EU said.

The EU is a strong supporter of the Afghan government's efforts to improve women's rights in Afghanistan. The EU is providing EUR 2.3 million through a Call for Proposals to assist Afghan civil societyinfo-icon with the promotion of peace building and the support of women’s active participation in local and national peace processes as well as their representation in decision-making levels.

The Call for Proposals will focus on enhancing civil society-government dialogue, strengthening the relationship between relevant actors, local officials, and traditional actors including dispute resolution bodies. It will encourage a culture of peace at the local level and support the establishment of a protection mechanism.

The statement said the EU's financial support acknowledges for example the role of mothers and ordinary women as key players for local conflict transformation through mediation and dialogue as well as grievances resolution at the community level.

"I congratulate the Afghan government for the launch of the National Action Plan. Enhancing women's participation in public and political life is a key element for peace building in Afghanistan. We expect that by the implementation of the NAP Afghan women would have a better level of participation in decision-making" said the EU Special Representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz Michael Mellbin.

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