NZ Defense Force to Take Up Roles in Afghanistan to Focus on Women & Peace

New Zealand is taking up three roles focused on women, peace and security in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
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New Zealand Defence Force will be deploying three personnel into the roles, joining the NATO mission in Kabul. “This will contribute towards safeguarding the gains of Afghan women and girls that have been made since 2001,” Ardern said.

She added that New Zealand’s primary cooperation with NATO is through their deployment of NZ Defence Force military trainers to NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

“In June I announced the extension of this deployment till December next year, and mentioned we were exploring ways to contribute to NATO’s women, peace and security initiatives.”

The roles will also include supporting women’s participation in peace negotiations, with two beginning in September for a year and the third from May 2020, lasting six months.

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