One of the major concerns of Afghan women regarding Peace is that, although they have been amongst the most affected victims of the decades of war, their specific demands and concerns might not be taken into account at the negotiation table.
Through the joint efforts of the Office of the First Lady, women members of the High Peace Council, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), and other women social activists, a Steering Committeewas created to solicit women’s opinions on Peace throughout the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. These consultations took place from August 2018 till January 2019 and involved 15000 women.
In the last day of preparation for the National Gathering in the Loya Jirga Tent (February 28, 2019), the Steering Committee included 21 members.
Wherever the committee’s delegation went, it was warmly received. In some provinces, this was the first time women were being gathered and asked for their opinions and recommendations. On the matter of peace they were flowing with ideas, expressing their views with clarity and firmness.
On February 28, 2019, 3500 women gathered in the Loya Jirga Tent of Kabul and launched the Afghan Women National Consensus for Peace (IJMA' MILLI).
A 15-article Declaration, summing up all the collected recommendations, approved and signed by all participants, was also proclaimed. President Ghani welcomed the declaration and pledged that it will be adopted by the Afghan Peace negotiation team.
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