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Ambassador Erfani speaks at OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting

11225348_1632973403652128_7738566875833571843_nVienna, 16.10.2015

On October 16th, Ambassador Erfani delivered a presentation on “Afghanistan’s Decade of Transformation and Gender Dynamics” at this year’s final meeting of the OSCE Asian Contact Group. After thanking the group’s Chairperson, Ambassador Claude Wild of Switzerland, for the warm welcome and introduction, Ambassador Erfani provided a brief overview about the historical perspective concerning the situation of women in Afghanistan. The Ambassador then highlighted accomplishments achieved since 2001, including a solid framework of both domestic and international legal instruments, institutional building, political commitment, democratic structures and elections, the role of media, and civil society engagement.

“Despite challenging security conditions in some areas of the country, due to terrorists’ activities, we have managed to enable women to regain their historic role as a powerful force for change and progress in our society,” the Ambassador said. Ambassador Erfani also emphasized the remaining and emerging challenges in the empowerment of women noting that, “Work to improve the situation of women in Afghanistan is in progress, but we accept that there is much more to do.”12111954_1632973400318795_8963704946664707409_n

The Ambassador stated that there is strong commitment by the President of Afghanistan, H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, by the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and as a matter of fact by the entire cabinet, to continue the work in improving the situation for women in Afghanistan. Ambassador Erfani also made reference to the important role of the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, in encouraging participation of women in Afghan politics by forming the Women Advisory Board.

Ambassador Erfani noted the important role of the OSCE in advancing women’s rights in Afghanistan and appealed to the international community to continue and expand the support in implementing the legal and political commitments. He concluded with a request to the OSCE and all present to, “Please continue your assistance and we look forward to further broadening and deepening our collaboration with all of you and with a view to accomplishing a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan for all Afghans. Women constitute more than 50% of Afghan society and without their active participation Afghanistan will not be able reach its goal for a stable, democratic and prosperous future”.


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H.E. Dilbar Nazari attends the OSCE Security Days Event on Promoting Dialogue to Advance Tolerance and Prevent Radicalization

Vienna, 22.05.2015

On Thursday and Friday H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, and a visiting women’s delegation attended the OSCE Security Days Event on Promoting Dialogue to Advance Tolerance and Prevent Radicalization. The two day meeting addressed various means available for discouraging radicalization in societies across the world. The event included sessions on the roles of media and education in the matter, the root causes of such issues, and the importance of the participation of women, the youth and religious leaders in fostering inclusive dialogue.

Ms. Nazari and her delegation participated in these sessions and expressed their appreciation at being present to discuss issues of such importance to Afghanistan. The country faces several challenges in the area of radicalization and is committed to continuing to addressing such issues, especially through the empowerment of women and their inclusion in the peace and reconciliation process.

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H.E. Dilbar Nazari addresses an OSCE Roundtable on Gender-Responsive National Reconciliation in Afghanistan

Vienna, 20.05.2015

This afternoon, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and the OSCE Gender Section co-organized a Roundtable on Gender-Responsive National Reconciliation in Afghanistan. The roundtable emphasized that women’s empowerment remains a key objective of the post-2014 agenda and that women’s increased participation in governance is vital tool for achieving stability and security.

H.E. Ambassador Erfani made opening remarks on the occasion, highlighting the fact that with women constituting 50% of the Afghan population, their continued participation in all levels of society is of the utmost importance to the country’s forward progress and continued successes in the Decade of Transformation 2015-2024. OSCE Special Representative on Gender Issues H.E. Ambassador Melanne Verveer offered further opening remarks, reminding the participants that success in Afghanistan will not be achieved unless women fully participate in the decision-making process.

H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, acted as the keynote speaker and was joined by a delegation of men and women from Afghan government, parliament, civil society and media. With the active participation of member and partner states, representatives of the women’s delegation from Afghanistan and Afghan civil society engaged in the discussion.

Prior to the roundtable, Ms. Nazari met with H.E. Isabelle Poupart, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OSCE, who moderated the event.

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The Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and the United States of America co-organize a panel discussion on women’s empowerment

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Vienna, 21.05.2015

This afternoon the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and the United States of America co-organized a panel discussion at the Vienna International Centre entitled: “Empowerment of Women – A Prerequisite for Development and Stability in Afghanistan”. Representing Afghanistan on the panel were Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan H.E. Dilbar Nazari, H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani, and MP of the Afghan Parliament’s Upper House Ms. Sedeqa Balkhi. They were joined by Dr. Ana Lukatela of the OSCE Gender Section and Minister-Counsellor Eugene Young of the United States Embassy in Vienna.

Ambassador Erfani offered opening remarks on the occasion, emphasizing the importance of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and expressing appreciation that the United Nations will continue to stand by Afghanistan to assist in implementation of legal instruments in the area of women’s rights. He was followed by Minister Nazari who spoke on the achievements of Afghanistan over the last years as well as the challenges which the country still faces. She highlighted that women’s role in the reconciliation process must be strengthened, and outlined the red lines for negotiations in the National Unity Government, including: ensuring transparency and female participation, preserving women’s rights, sustaining achievements already made, and preserving Chapter 2 of the Constitution. MP Ms. Sedeqa Balkhi further elaborated on the subject, explaining the role of women in the Parliament and assuring the participants that women and men participate equally in both houses.

The panel ended with a question and answer session moderated by Ambassador Erfani and Mr. Young.

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H.E. Dilbar Nazari updates the OSCE Permanent Council on progress in the area of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan

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Vienna, 21.05.2015

This morning H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, addressed a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. Speaking about the achievements in the area of women’s empowerment over the last years, the Minister highlighted legal achievements such as the passing of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women and quota system which ensures women’s political participation, as well as societal achievements such as the increased number of women working in the health and education sectors.

Ms. Nazari went on to address the challenges currently facing women in the country and to emphasize that the National Unity Government continues to make every effort to honor its international commitments towards women’s rights. By putting into place the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, further efforts will be extended in order to increase the participation of women in these areas.

Concluding her remarks, the Minister expressed her appreciation to Afghanistan’s international partners for their support to Afghan women. She called on continued support going forward, and stated her expectation of increased cooperation between Afghanistan and the OSCE going forward.

Prior to the meeting, the Minister met with the Secretary General of the OSCE, H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Zannier.

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