Women worried for their rights in peace talks
Graphic: Dr Sima Samar, AIHRC Chairperson
An enduring peace cannot be achieved if Afghan women are not considered and included in the peace talks, the Commission's Chairperson said.
A study by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) shows that Afghan women are worried about their rights in the peace talks with the Taliban, who implemented strict rules against women during their regime in Kabul before 2001.
Approximately 4,000 women were interviewed across 14 provinces for the Commission's study, Tolo News reported.
A majority of the interviewees said they wanted a ceasefire between the warring parties.
AIHRC Chairperson Dr Sima Samar said the interviewees have raised their concerns about losing their rights and freedoms in the peace talks.
She said the interviewees were concerned about their absence from the peace negotiations.
"We should hear the voice of the people and run a campaign for women's inclusion (in the peace) process, not only because they are citizens but because they have been victims of the war," Dr Samar said.
Dr Samar said an enduring peace cannot be achieved if Afghan women are not considered and included in the peace talks.
"The women should have an effective presence in peace, from the peace planning to talks with the Taliban and implementation of the peace agreement," she added.
Date: 28 April 2019
Source: Tolo News
- Dr Sima Samar, AIHRC Chairperson - Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission