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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends event on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, 7 December 2018, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the event organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women. On the 16 days of activism in the mark of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel joins experts in a discussion on the issue of cultural conditional violence and the self-provisional law of women.

During the event, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked H.E. Minister Karin Kneissl for this excellent initiative on a very important topic for Afghanistan. Violence against women remains a major obstacle to equality and it is an issue of fundamental human rights. In Afghanistan, considerable progress over the past sixteen years has been achieved in the area of gender parity and women’s rights. The Government of Afghanistan has developed important measures in the areas of legislation, policy-making and institution building, such as the approval of law on violence against women, National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Convention to Eliminate all Form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment, National strategy on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)  and the creation of special courts, special prosecution office, commission and assistance centers for the elimination of violence against women. Nonetheless, much more still needs to be done to substantially improve the situation of women in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as first female Ambassador of Afghanistan in Austria and as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, is fully committed to the empowerment of women and to gender equality and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Award Ceremony of the Star of Afghanistan at the Embassy of Poland in Vienna

On Wednesday, 5 December 2018 Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participated in the Award Ceremony of the Star of Afghanistan at the Embassy of Poland in Vienna. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel warmly congratulated the four awarded officers with the Star of Afghanistan for their excellent service in Afghanistan. The Government of Afghanistan will always remember the soldiers who were killed in action and will always be eternally grateful for their sacrifice.

During her statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed the appreciation for the international community’s support in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked NATO and all international partners for their sacrifices and for their commitment to train, advice and assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which remains essential for a better future for the Afghan people. Lastly, she reassured the international community that Afghanistan will seek to use its strategic location as an opportunity for trade, transit and connectivity in our region and not as a land of war and terrorism.

181205-Statement for the Award Ceremony Star of Afghanistan

181205-Statement for the Award Ceremony Star of Afghanistan – Deutsch

Statement by Ambassador Ebrahimkhel at the OSCE Meeting on SSG/R

ST-OSCE-180213-Joint FSC-PC on SSGR