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

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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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Bayat Foundation steps in to help at-risk families in Maidan Wardak province

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Bayat Foundation officials said Friday they have sent in a huge consignment of food aid to Maidan Wardak province to help hundreds of needy families.

According to officials, the aid includes flour, rice and oil, which they have started distributing to deserving families in the province.

“In continuation of the Bayat Foundation aid campaign, which sees us distribute aid every winter, today we had a program in Maidan Wardak province to distribute to deserving people. The aid included flour, rice and oil. The aid will be distributed in other provinces also,” said Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of Bayat Foundation.

Recipients of the food parcels welcomed the initiative and called on other charity organizations to help families in need.

“This winter, many people are in need [of aid]; they assisted us, we are grateful. We want them to help us again [in the future],” said one Maidan Wardak recipient.

“Our people are in need. No one has helped them so far. We are grateful to Bayat Foundation that helped us during this difficult time,” said another recipient.

“We are very grateful, because they helped us. We want them to continue their aid so we can survive this difficult situation,” said another resident of Wardak.

Each year, Bayat Foundation carries out a winter campaign, providing needy people with food. This winter, however, the foundation has ramped up efforts to reach as many Afghans as possible across the country amid the ongoing economic crisis.

Already thousands of desperate families have received food parcels from Bayat Foundation in over a dozen provinces in the country.

Food parcels are given to only the most at-risk families who are identified through a comprehensive assessment carried out by the foundation once an area has been earmarked for distribution.

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IEA warns media against publishing rumors

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The intelligence department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government said Thursday that media outlets should not spread false news and baseless rumors.

“A number of figures want to insult Islamic values so that they can achieve western citizenship,” the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) tweeted.

According to the GDI, these individuals have made untrue statements about the IEA which some media have reported on.

The country’s media, in accordance with the principles of journalism, should strictly refrain from publishing false news and baseless rumors, GDI tweeted.

The intelligence department has pointed out that insulting religious sanctities and rituals is not acceptable to the people.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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