The Afghanistan Law Committee made the decision to include the mother’s name on the Afghan tazkira (National ID cards), the office of Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish confirmed on Wednesday.
“The Legal Committee’s decision on August 31st regarding the inclusion of the mother’s name on the Afghan tazkira is a big step towards gender equality and the protection of women’s rights. Hopefully, this decision will be approved and endorsed as it is in the legislation process,” tweeted Danish.
The decision came after a wide range of consultations with religious dignitaries and civil society institutions, according to Danish’s office.
The plan will be officially executed after approval from the cabinet, as the National Assembly members are currently on recess.
The Afghan government has said that the decision regarding the inclusion of the mother’s name on the ID cards was made based on the suggestions and recommendations of the Afghan women.
“This will be referred again to the cabinet from the law committee, and it will go to the parliament after the approval of the cabinet,” said Mohammad Hedayat, media adviser to VP Danish.
Three years ago, a number of civil society activists in Afghanistan launched a social media campaign titled “Where is my name?,” calling for the inclusion of the mother’s name on ID cards.
“It is a necessity for women to be present in official layers of the society and in the decision-making process, so we strongly support this decision,” said Azizurrahman, a resident in Kabul.
“The commission believes that the inclusion of the mother’s name is the first step towards determining their identities and recognizing the identity of mothers,” said Shabnam Salehi, a member of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.