President Ghani: Afghan Women Play Genuine Role in Peace Negotiations

President Ghani: Afghan Women Play Genuine Role in Peace Negotiations

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani launched today the National Action Plan on implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security.

In the ceremony that was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, the President said the Constitution obliges the government to ensure that every citizen enjoys equal rights under law.

Reiterating the Islamic nature of the Afghan Constitution, the President said that it reflects the creed, rulings, traditions and culture of the great civilization of Islam. He added that the goal of the National Unity Government is to fully implement the Constitution.

The President noted that creating conditions wherein Afghan women, alongside men, could form a prosperous, fair and purposeful society is a daunting challenge.

The President stressed that women’s views and ideas should be respected as independent individuals not just in their secondary roles as mothers, sisters or daughters. He also said that women’s perspectives should be an integral part of the decision making in the governing process.

President Ghani said that in order to take into account women’s perspectives in a realistic manner, we should move from speech to action and come up with feasible plans.

The President added that in the short, medium and long term, the government budget should reflect spending on empowerment, participation and creation of safe workplace for women.

The President said that our goal is to bring sustainable changes, not just cosmetic, to people’s mindsets, relations and social participations.

Addressing the new generation of Afghanistan, President Ghani said: “please take misogynist thinking out of your minds. Misogyny still prevails in our new generation and often times the most educated happen to be the most misogynist, which needs a thorough discussion and fundamental change.”

President Ghani called on the Islamic scholar to have unified voice when it comes to the rights of the women and pledged to cooperate with them in this regard.

The President said that the current health condition of the Afghan women is unacceptable and that he works to reorganize the entire health sector to bring fundamental changes in delivery of healthcare services to the women.

The President said that Afghan women have suffered a lot during years of conflict. He underscored that alongside Afghan men, women too call for an end to the war imposed on Afghanistan.

He said that this war is imposed on us and that we will not accept peace from a weak position. The President reiterated that women will not have a symbolic but a genuine role in the peace negotiations.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that fundamental change cannot come to Afghanistan without regional cooperation and future of stability in Afghanistan will depend on such cooperation.

At the end of his speech, the President highlighted that a prosperous and stable Afghanistan is not a threat to any country and fundamental change in the role of Afghan women in society and the country at large will bring about fundamental changes in the region.