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Government Still Lagging in Ensuring Women’s Rights: President Ghani

34534455435President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the government has not dealt with the Constitution and Afghans’ rights in the peace process with the anti-government groups.

Addressing an event to mark the launch of Fourth Kabul Symposium at the Presidential Palace, Ghani said the government still lagging in ensuring Women’s rights. The President described the Constriction and Afghan’s rights as red line in peace talks with the Taliban.

“Without any doubt, the real peace could be ensured when the Afghanistan people, men and women feel their basic rights secure from encroachment and achieve their rights,” Ghani said.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to achieve sustainable peace in the framework of the Constitution and preserving people’s rights.

Meanwhile, the President rated women’s illiteracy three times higher than men, describing the ongoing “imposed” war in Afghanistan as its main cause.

The event was hosted by the country’s First Lady and attended by the Afghan officials and foreign delegates.

Representing the European Union at the event, Paola Pampaloni said democracy and human rights including women and Children rights are the fundamental values of EU.

“Today the European Union plays an important role in promoting these values in the entire world also here in Afghanistan,” Pampaloni added.

On her part, the Norway’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mari Skåre said including women in peace process is not only “the right thing to do but smart thing to do.” Adding: “Evidence shows that we are much more likely to achieve lasting peace when women are included.”

Skåre further said that having women at the negotiation table and in the supporting structures is essential both for the legitimacy of the process and for the results.  

By Fawad Naseri and Shakib Mahmud 

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