Friends of Afghan Women Ambassadors’ Group Statement on Afghan Women’s Right to an Influential Voice on the Future of Afghanistan
KABUL - Women are half of Afghanistan’s population and their meaningful inclusion is essential for the future of the country.
Afghan women have the right to have their voices heard, full political participation, safety and security, freedom from violence and coercion, equal education and equal work opportunities, as guaranteed by Afghanistan’s laws and international obligations.
As the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations enter a critical phase and options for the future of Afghanistan are discussed, we urge all parties to respect and include women in all decision-making processes through direct representation, consultation and special consideration for their historical vulnerability and discrimination.
A durable political settlement and the rebuilding of Afghanistan will not succeed without the full and meaningful inclusion of Afghan women.
The Friends of Afghan Women Ambassadors’ Group is comprised of the chief representatives in Kabul of: Australia; Denmark; the Aga Khan Development Network; Canada; the European Union; the Netherlands; Turkey; the United Kingdom; the United Nations; and the United States.