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Women’s rights activists want international support in Brussels conference

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Afghan Women Network said it has drafted the women’s demands to present in the Brussels conference to seek support for their rights.

“As we are at the eve of the Brussels conference, we collected women’s demands from 21 provinces there,” head of the network Hasina Safi said Tuesday.

She called good governance, peace process and reinforcement of law as their basic demands.

Women’s rights activist Samira Hamidi said that women should take high posts particularly in the level of decision making.

“We urge the government and international community to really support us, not symbolic,” she said.

“Women want political support and protection particularly those women, who are working in high ranking posts in the country.”

She said that women must be involved in planning programs and their advices must be included for better protection of women across the country.

Women’s institutions should be financially supported, she claimed.

The government must run long-term program at the objective to empower women in capital and provinces across the country, she underlined.

According to the report the European Union and the government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference will gather up to 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies. It will provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision and track record on reform. For the international community, it will be the opportunity to signal sustained political and financial support to Afghan peace, state-building and development.

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