Afghan women’s rights non-negotiable: NATO envoy

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KABUL: NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo has said Afghan women’s rights were not negotiable in peace talks.


Marking the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Pontecorvo during a ceremony said that a durable peace should protect the rights of Afghan women.


“Women’s rights and women’s inclusion is not optional or negotiable. It is the most powerful tool to reach peace and to make it last. NATO stands with the women of Afghanistan to advance lasting peace that benefit all Afghans,” he said.


Afghan women have been on the forefront of change in Afghanistan for the better and they serve in the security forces, civil society and politics, as journalists, academics, activists and other areas, he added, saying that women’s contribution to the Afghan society forever changed the face of Afghanistan.


Meanwhile, the UN in a statement said that Afghan women as leaders, decision-makers and human rights activists had played an important role in the cohesion of the community, conflict prevention and peace-building.