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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.

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Statement at the OSCE Permanent Council on Youth



By Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel

OSCE – 1170th Permanent Council
Agenda item 1:
Report by the Special Representatives of the Chairperson-in-Office on
Youth and Security

21 December 2017


Thank you, Chair!

Let me start by thanking the Special Representatives on Youth and Security for their comprehensive and excellent report. We congratulate Mr. Alajbegovic, Ms. Deininger, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Safdary and Mr. Schernbeck upon their great efforts in 2017.

We commend the OSCE for providing a stage for young people at major events of our organization, making their voices heard at meetings of the Ministerial Council and the Permanent Council, the Asian Contact Group, in events of the OSCE campaign “United in Countering Violent Extremism” and at other meetings organized by OSCE institutions and structures.

Afghanistan shares OSCE’s dedication to boost the role of youth in society and fully integrate youth in our peace and development agenda, making full use of their potential to nurture Afghanistan’s young democracy. We are committed to protect our young people while facilitating the participation of our young generation, girls and boys, across all spheres of society.

Almost 65 percent of Afghans are under 25 years of age. Afghanistan’s Unity Government makes every effort to provide education and opportunities and to empower our young people to facilitate full participation and to contribute to stability and development in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s National Youth Policy was created in 2014, by the Office of the Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Information and Culture, in close co-operation with line ministries, civil society organizations including youth groups, and UN agencies. The document reflects the needs and abilities of young people in delivering peace, development and social and economic growth, and it makes clear recommendations towards youth participation at every level, in a free, independent and democratic Afghanistan.

In July last year, the 122-member Afghan Youth Parliament was established, with the assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the first session was opened by the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Pernille Dahler Kardel, and addressed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. This has been a great exercise for our youth to familiarize themselves with the mechanics of a pluralistic democracy and to discuss a broad range of issues from health to education and jobs. In July this year, the Afghan Youth Parliament held another session, with the support of the Upper House of the Afghan Parliament and the United Nations Population Fund, and its recommendations will be shared with Government officials and will be discussed in the two houses of the Afghan Parliament.

Afghanistan, supported by our international partners, has made countless efforts over the past sixteen years to tackle youth-related problems, most and foremost the issue of education: Over the past ten years, the literacy rate has increased to 40%, with thousands of schools and 150 public and private universities providing education. We seek to invest as much as possible to accomplish Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Quality Education”. Other areas of youth-related activities are tackling child marriage, unemployment, gender inequality, violence, radicalization, drugs, and the dangerous travels of young people undertaken as migrants, to seek better opportunities abroad.

In this context, let me also mention again the excellent high-level discussion on migration organized by the OSCE and IOM on Monday this week. Afghanistan suffers when young educated people leave our country. Following decades of war and conflict, the ensuing brain drain only adds to the many other challenges and impedes our efforts towards reconstruction and development. Nonetheless, we will always protect the dignity and well-being of all Afghan citizens abroad, especially young people and other vulnerable groups.

Our young people are our most valuable asset and our future, our only future and we will not spare a single effort to enable them to contribute to peace, stability, development and democracy in Afghanistan. Much has been achieved but much also remains to be done. To accomplish our goals, we will need the continued assistance of our international partners and I call on our partners here around this table to provide additional scholarships and fellowships for Afghan students. The Government of Afghanistan will also work to provide better opportunities for our young people, through increased foreign investments, trade and commerce, in our region and beyond.

Thank you!




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