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No negotiation table for Afghan women: Afghanistan’s first lady

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2015)


Afghanistan’s first lady, Rula Ghani in her speech at the center of International Strategic Studies in Washington has said that “There is no negotiation table for Afghan women”.
The wife of newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has her own office in the presidential palace and intends to play a prominent role in public life.

In a country where women don’t have much of a presence in officialdom — much less a voice — Rula Ghani is the first to play a prominent role as first lady.

Rula Ghani noted the achievements of Afghan women and said, “Afghan women bravely determined their achievements in the past decade and the government of national unity supports it.”

Afghanistan first lady criticized media outlets the way the show Afghan women to the world and emphasized that Afghan women have always shown without the strength and support; While the objective conditions of women in Afghanistan is better compared to what is shown in the medias.

“Symbolically, it would be very important, but practically, what would be best? Is it best to have four very weak women or … one very strong woman? There may have been like 21 ministers that were presented to the parliament, and only nine were accepted. So it’s not that the women were singled out, but they happened to have not passed the test of the parliament, and maybe you need to ask the parliament why.” Rula Ghani said.

Afghanistan’s first lady, Rula Ghani had met her husband, Ashraf, while studying political science at the American University of Beirut. He was an Afghan Muslim; she, a Lebanese Christian.

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