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Activists demand enhanced women’s political participation

AT-KABUL: Afghan Women’s Network and a number of right activists urged the government of national unity to enhance women’s political participation.

Tens of women rights activists in a gathering on Tuesday said that the government should deliver on its promises to appoint four women ministers in its cabinet.

Hasina Safi, head of the Afghan Women’s Network, said that women could play an important role in bringing about reforms. “Thus, we urge the government to enhance participation of women in state organizations,” Safi added.

She said that distance between the government and women would increase, if it compromised women’s leadership and political participation.

Roshan Sairan, another right activist, said that they have handed over a list of qualified and educated women to both leaders of the government of national unity—President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah— to pick them as cabinet members. “If the government did not meet our demand, Afghan women would not participate in coming parliamentary elections,” she added.

It is worth mentioning that President Ashraf Ghani on his first day in office said that four women ministers would be part of the new cabinet.

Presidential spokesman, Nazifullah Salarzai, recently said that the government was committed to enhance women’s leadership and political participation.

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