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.