Tue, Oct

Support of young Afghans is essential for peace


Young Afghan women and men have a crucial role to play in fostering peace in their communities, according to participants at a UN-backed event in the southern province of Kandahar.

An audience of around 40 students from Kandahar University, along with youth activists and Kandahar provincial peace committee members, discussed how young Afghans, women and men alike, can effectively support local peace initiatives in the southern region.

The format of the event, organized by the regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), was an open discussion in which participants debated the role of youth in peace, discussed empowering young activists, and deliberated on the best ways to promote good governance, enhance rule of law and create vocational opportunities.

“For local conflict, Afghans should solve the problem themselves and youth can play an essential role,” said Kandahar University student Mohammad Nasir Mobarez, who called on the government and International community to develop employment opportunities to retain strong young leaders.