Female Afghan MPs want equal political power

The formation of a women’s caucus in the House of Representatives was announced on Sunday  25th May, 2014 with 11 recommendations for the next Afghan president.

The caucus is comprised of 22 members, and will seek to leverage the influence of female politicians to increase women’s presence in decision-making circles as well as serve the broader causes of Afghan women.

On Sunday, members of the caucus called on the next president to put at least one female on the the Supreme Judicial Council of Afghanistan, which at the moment is entirely male.

The women also highlighted what they called a “culture of impunity” for women’s rights violators, and called for stricter enforcement of laws to prevent violence against women. They also said the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law must be ratified and implemented as soon as possible.

“We demand an end to the culture of impunity for violators of human rights, especially women’s rights. along with a presence of women in the judicial branch of government, so at least one seat for women on the Supreme Judicial Council of Afghanistan,” MP Zakia Sangeen said.

Members of the group encouraged both runoff candidates – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai – to follow through on their campaign promises to women. Read full story  on Tolo News HERE