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Women’s presence in peace process is symbolic: AWN

AT-KABUL: Women have only symbolic presence in the ongoing peace process as well as in the High Peace Council and they have not been given any effective role, a women’s activist said Wednesday.

Samira Hamidi, director of the Afghan Women Network, said in a press conference: “Women’s role for the future of the country is unclear, considering the concerns available,” she said.

Palwasha Hassan, a member of the network said that Afghan women were enough capable and talented, but they have not found opportunities to show their capabilities.

“Women’s presence should not be symbolic anymore in the peace process and High Peace Council,” she stressed.

The members of the women network said that Afghan women had been given some chances to participate in the national peace process in the recent years, and they proved that they were capable in the social and political activities.

Ms. Hassan pointed out that the exclusion of women from the process of the road map and the quadrilateral talks shows that the government doubts women’s capabilities.

She urged the government to be serious in giving women role for all the stages of peace negotiations.

The critics come at the time that a woman was appointed in a high position of the peace council.

The Afghan Women Network said that women should be given 25 percent position in the peace talks and all women’s rights and privileges must be preserved.

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