Group of “Women Friends” in Afghanistan Formed

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations has formed a Group of Friends, co-chaired by the United Kingdom and comprised of women representatives to the UN and senior UN officials.

The Afghan Mission to the UN in a press release said that the group will highlight the importance of protecting and enhancing women’s rights and the role that women can play across society and government, including in peace efforts.

“Once isolated and oppressed during the Taliban regime, today Afghan women have emerged as proactive and forceful agents of change in building a more secure, prosperous, and self-reliant Afghanistan. Maintaining and consolidating these gains remain a key focus of the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well as the United Nations and the international community,” the press release said.

According to the press release, the Group of Friends aims to safeguard the important shared gains made towards women’s rights since 2001 and to ensure that any prospective outcomes in the peace process recognize, protect and promote the role of women in all spheres of life.
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“The initiative will also support the joint commitment of the Afghan Government and the international community towards the full implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security,” it added.

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