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Rights group seeks quota for women in governorship

AT-KABUL: The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) has urged the National Unity Government (NUG) on Monday to appoint nine women as provincial governors.

Members of the WPRAG and scores of rights activists in a press conference said that women should be given sufficient representation in the Supreme Court and other governmental organizations.

They said that President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah during their election campaigns pledged to support women and allocates more seats for women in the government institutions. However, the government has appointed only four female ministers.

They said that four posts are not enough to claim increased political participation of women. The government should allocate more key slots to women. The government shall design comprehensive strategy to ensure Afghan women had good participation in all governmental organizations, they demanded.

Orzala Barakzai, a member of the WPRAG, said the government should pay attention to women’s demands regarding their participation in the state-run departments.

She added that her group has asked the government to appoint nine women as provincial governors, allocate seats for women in the apex court and foreign missions. She further said that women should be appointed as deputy ministers, general directors and chiefs of the different commissions.

Afghanistan Independent Human Right Commissioner, Qadria Yazdan Parast, said that four ministerial positions are not adequate for women. She said the government should give importance to women as they make half of the population.

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