The government will not create any hurdle in the way of the improvement of women, the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday.
He pledged not to compromise on the women’s rights in the peace process. “We have to be prepared for improving women’s rights in the country,” Abdullah said speaking at a seminar about women’s role in governance.
He appreciated the international community's role in supporting human rights in Afghanistan and added that the women were still faced with many problems in remote areas.
Abdullah called on religious scholars to raise public awareness on women’s rights.
Abdullah Skeptical on Taliban’s intention for peace
On the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the CEO said that that there are no clear indications to show Taliban’s willingness to come to the peace talks, adding that the opening of an office for the Taliban in Kabul is just an idea, so far.
“Until the day we feel that they (Taliban) are serious about negotiations and clearly state they do not want to have an office outside the country, the problem will persist. Thus far they (Taliban) have now shown such an intention nor any readiness for discussion,” said Abdullah.
Abdullah’s comments on the Taliban office comes few days after the High Peace Council (HPC) announced that the peace facilitating body was preparing to open an office for the Taliban in Kabul in a move to bring the resurgent group to the peace table.
Abdullah reiterated that the door for peace will remain open to all insurgent groups including the Taliban.
“Peace shouldn’t mean that a group which insists on war, comes up with demands. In that case, it means making a compromise on the sacrifices of the people of Afghanistan, but such a move will never happen InshaAllah (God willing), added Abdullah.
Meanwhile, officials of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has said it is considering expanding the recruitment of the women at the leadership level of provinces and the districts.
“There are a lot of areas where the women can play their role, but when we talk about the women, it does not mean that those women who are close to the power resources, because the women who are close to power. In such cases, they come only to serve the power resources,” said MP fawzia kofi.
“The topic of gender is a key issue in all programs,” said Abdul Malik Sediqqi, deputy head of IDLG. Said Abdul malik sediqqi, deputy head of IDLG.
It is said that security threats and an unfavorable social culture remain dominant issues of the way of the development of women in government institutions.