President Ghani: Women’s Rights Shall Not be Compromised for Peace

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with members of Afghan Women’s Network.

In the meeting that took place in ARG Palace, members of the Afghan Women’s Network thanked the President for increasing the share of women in the cabinet and for his firm stance on Farkhunda’s case.

The First Lady was also present in the meeting.

They presented their requests and recommendations in different areas, including appointing a woman justice in the High Council of the Supreme Court, maintaining the law on Elimination of Violence Against Women as an independent act, increasing involvement of women in the peace process, considering an increase in the share of women in the Provincial Councils, and granting citizenship identification cards to women who live in safe houses. They also expressed concern over the court procedures of the trial of the accused in Farkhunda’s murder case and stressed transparent proceedings.

Praising the efforts of the Afghan Women’s Network in advocating for the rights of the Afghan women, President Ghani said that a woman justice would be introduced as a member of the High Council of the Supreme Court.

The President reiterated his commitment to elimination of violence against women and said that women’s rights would be protected in the framework of the constitution and the sacred tenets of Islam.

The President said that 35 women will be sent abroad on scholarships to study in the fields of practical leadership with the assistance of European Union.

President Ghani added that the first women’s university will be founded with the help of the republic of Turkey and asked the Afghan Women’s Network to introduce qualified women for membership at the University’s board of regents.

Reiterating that women’s rights will never be compromised for peace, the President said that more work will be done to strengthen the role of women on deputy ministerial and directorial levels in the government. He said that at least four women ambassadors will be appointed in Afghanistan’s diplomatic representations abroad.

The President said that the second 100 days will focus on improving governance in the provinces and particular attention will be paid to enhancing women’s roles in the provinces. The President said that Farkhunda’s case will be pursued with all seriousness.

May 30th, 2015.