Women’s contributions key to societal advancement, say UN officials

13 Mar 2016

Women’s contributions key to societal advancement, say UN officials

BAMYAN - The key role of women in the advancement of Afghan society was celebrated at an event in central Bamyan province last week.

Around 30 women, forming a cross-section of the local society and who are leaders in their areas of expertise, gathered for a UNAMA-backed event set up to mark International Women’s Day.

Participants came from the ranks of civil society, the provincial council, provincial peace committee and government, along with human rights organizations, the police, community councils and sporting groups.

“We brought you together to recognize and commend your valuable contribution in the implementation of UNAMA’s mandate in Bamyan,” said Aileen Villareal, Head of UNAMA’s Bamyan field office.

Ms. Villareal said that thousands of people in Bamyan had been reached during 2015 through outreach activities, awareness-raising, good offices and technical assistance, focusing in particular on human rights, including the rights of women and children.

“These achievements would not have been possible without you as our partners,” said Ms. Villareal. “You helped us understand what issues matter, what opportunities to seize and what challenges we can address together.”

Participants shared experiences on how their partnership with UNAMA had provided them the opportunity to expand the reach of their work, including greater awareness among women of their rights.

Sabera Nawazi, the Director of the Governors’ office in Bamyan, said that she was involved in outreach work that encouraged girls to adopt a greater vision in their lives. It is important for women to continue to increase their capacity so that they can contribute in a positive way in every field of life, said Ms. Nawazi.

UNAMA is mandated by the Security Council to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in assisting Afghanistan, guided by the principle of reinforcing Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership. UNAMA also supports the process of peace and reconciliation, and promotes human rights, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights.