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AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL MEETS WITH MS. GABRIELE HEINISCH-HOSEK, MEMBER OF THE PARLIAMENT (SPÖ)

On Tuesday 7 May 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Member of the Parliament (SPÖ) and the chairwoman of the Social Democratic Women Movement.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel received Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hose at her office. The thematic of women empowerment in Afghanistan was taken into depth discussion. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel underlined that Women Empowerment is a key pillar of the Foreign Policy of Afghanistan, and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna likewise puts it as one of the main priorities of its strategic plan. Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, who previously served as the Minister for Women Affairs welcomed the initiatives of the Government and the Embassy of Afghanistan in Vienna on women and pledged her support in that regard.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel further highlighted the recent developments and achievements in the area of Women Empowerment in Afghanistan. She stated that “today, women work together with men and are active agents of peace and change. Women are the majority and the moving reality for the future of Afghanistan. Furthermore, significant efforts to increase women’s participation in official peacebuilding initiatives and the peace process have been made. Afghan women will not go back to the Taliban’s dark era.”

During the meeting, they have agreed on a framework of cooperation to guide the future engagements and to strengthen collaboration on the issues discussed.

AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL MET WITH H.E. MINISTER DR. JULIANE BOGNER-STRAUß, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR WOMEN, FAMILIES AND YOUTH OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA

On Thursday, 2 May 2019 Ambassador Ebrahimkhel met with H.E. Minister Dr. Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families, and Youth of the Republic of Austria. In this productive meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interests, in particular, the ways to strengthen women empowerment and support youth and families.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized that woman empowerment is an important strategic objective for Afghanistan and significant progress toward the promotion and protection of human rights, especially women rights, has been made in the past years. Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel regarding the women’s participation in the Peace Process stated that the Government recognizes that sustainable peace and security in Afghanistan cannot be built without another half of the population; it can only be achieved through a participatory process where both men and women are active participants in peacebuilding and peace process. In this context, one of the main objectives of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security is to increase women’s participation in the Peace Process.

For future engagements, they have promised to strengthen collaboration on the issues discussed and look forward to further contribute to the long-standing bilateral cooperation between their respective countries.