Social barriers that undermined women’s status and political and leadership role in the country’s progress should be removed permanently, participants of a gathering stressed on Thursday.
The gathering in the capital of central Banyan province was attended by more than 50 people, including representatives of foreign missions, woman’s associations, civil society and government officials.
In her address, Bamyan Women’s Affairs Director Zakia Rezaee highlighted the importance of women’s role in development under the United Nations declaration on women’s rights.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Asif Mubaligh stressed an active role for women in the country’s development because the gender made half of the population. “That’s why their role cannot be ignored.”
He said women’s participation in efforts at strengthening peace and security should be welcomed in the face of the existing social restrictions.
“The women of Bamyan feel free to take decisions about their careers, compared to the women of restive provinces,” Razia Ibrahimi, an activist, told the audience.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News Bamyan was the only province previously ruled by a woman governor. She said 13 percent of government servants were women in Bamyan, where more than 50 percent of girls attended school.
Khojesta Fana Ibrahimkhel, the human rights and women’s affairs director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the UN charter on women clearly underlined the importance of their role during peace and war times.
She said the charter needed to be explained through workshops and awareness programmes on women’s role in the country’s development.
She added her ministry had approved a development plan for women, which would be shared with the people until the end of 2014 for achieving consensus.