For the first time, an Afghan all-women landmine clearing team has been nominated for an international award by the Arms Control Association, local officials in Bamiyan said.
This is the first ever in the country the team has been nominated by the Arms Control Association, Latifa Mohseni, deputy head of Bamiyan Social Affairs Department told VOA, adding that the team began its work two years ago in Bamiyan province.
Afghanistan’s first all-female de-mining team this year completed landmine work in Bamiyan province, making Bamiyan the first of Afghanistan's 34 provinces to be declared free of landmines, the organization wrote on its website.
“These women were trained by the Danish De-mining Group as part of a United Nations Mine Action Service pilot program working with Afghanistan’s Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC).
Their tenacious efforts are significant examples of empowerment in the country and underscore the importance of humanitarian disarmament,” the organization said.
Since 2007, the Arms Control Association has nominated individuals and institutions that have, in the previous 12 months, advanced effective arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament solutions and raised awareness of the threats posed by mass casualty weapons.
“In a field that is often focused on threats and challenges, our Arms Control Person(s) of the Year contest aims to highlight the many positive initiatives that help improve international peace and security,” the website said.
“All of the nominees have, in their own way, provided leadership to help reduce weapons-related security threats during the past year,” the statement read.