H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel was invited as a High-Level Guest Speaker to the Women Networking Conference entitled “No Women, No Peace” commemorating the 20th anniversary of the BANU Women’s Magazine.
The panel discussion focused on the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, which calls for the equal participation of women around the world in peace negotiations and reconstruction. Relevant high-level representatives and women leaders from different international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the importance of women’s inclusion in the Peace Process in Afghanistan.
In her opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel highlighted the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in securing women’s rights. She noted that this year we are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Banu Magazine, the 20th anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, together with the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, which recognizes the importance of women’s inclusion in the peace process.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel further emphasized that Afghanistan is giving huge importance in guaranteeing women’s rights in this peace process. The respect and protection of women’s rights is a red line of the Afghan government in peace negotiations, they will not be compromised. Women are the majority and moving reality and the reason of our optimism for the future of Afghanistan.
At the end of her speech, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conferred an award to the BANU Magazine Association for its 20th Anniversary and thanked its team for all their efforts and support. She highlighted that the Banu Women’s Magazine is much more than a magazine; it is a symbol of change, it is a great example of the achievements of the great women of Afghanistan.