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Afghan women lose trust to politicians, accuse them of Taliban like ideas

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KABUL: Some Afghan women say they would no longer trust the politicians, accusing them of thinking like Taliban about women’s rights.

These women said Friday in a gathering that they were not sure politicians take their rights serious in peace talks with Taliban.

“We saw a large number of political figures who had been invited to the national women’s gathering, did not come. Their refusal to attend the gathering shows they think on women as Taliban think who have discrimination against women,” said Kavita Seddiqi, member of a women’s consultative committee for peace.

More than 3,500 women from 34 provinces attended the women’s national gathering held with the initiative of First Lady, in which President Ghani also attended.

The gathering released a 15-article resolution that called for quick ceasefire without any preconditions and end of war in the country. The resolution also asked for disarming of irresponsible armed groups and an end to the culture of impunity. Holding of timely presidential elections, condemning of a provisional government proposal, preserving of women’s rights and the constitution values were also emphasized in the resolution.

Sara Sirat, another member of the committee said that women would not let their rights and achievements be dealt during the peace negotiations. “Afghan women never accept to stay back home after the peace talks.”

Zohra Yousuf, advisor to the First Lady says Afghan women have ability to raise their voices, adding that some of Afghan politicians are not trustworthy for women.

“For example, Mr. Kashshaf head of clerics council, Mr. Muslimyar head of senate, Mr. Daudzai head of peace council’s secretariat, Mr. Hamidi attorney general and other senior figures whom we see on TV were invited to the gathering, but did not come. There is Taliban-style opinion. You can judge when politicians’ wives and daughters do not come out to society and they say that democracy is good for the neighbor’s daughter, not for mine,” said Ms. Yousuf.

Hasssina Safi, acting minister for information and culture and member of peace negotiation team, said that women’s suggestions should be heard and met.

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