Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel delivered a virtual statement for the Vienna Conference on Women, Peace and the Future of Disarmament on Thursday, the 22nd of October. The conference was organized by Women in International Security Austria (WIIS) in cooperation with the International Institute for Peace, and the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and focused on bridging the seemingly unconnected issues of Women, Peace and Security, with that of disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation.
The topic of the conference was especially relevant given that this year marks both the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace in Beijing, and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
In her virtual statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel reiterates the importance of the participation of women in decision-making regarding topics of peace and security. She elaborates by stating that Afghanistan has developed, and is on the second phase of implementation of, a National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security, which focuses on women empowerment by concentrating on four pillars: participation, protection, prevention, and relief and recovery. The success of the NAP can be attributed to the way it brought together all societal stakeholders – civil society, local persons and the international community – in its formulation.
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