Women’s participation in development planning and political processes is crucial for advancing Afghanistan toward a more stable and prosperous country, said panellists during a UN-backed radio programme in the central highlands province of Bamyan.
During the discussion, broadcast by local media outlet Radio Bamyan, panellists strategized on measures to make women’s empowerment consistent, deliberate and long-term. They stressed that women’s participation at every level of Afghanistan’s social and political life is consistent with Afghanistan’s constitution, electoral laws, religious values and the country’s development priorities.
“Women’s participation is important for any national process to be credible or successful,” said Sughra Attayee, head of Bamyan’s Afghan Women’s Network and one of the panellists, arguing that any national development planning must be inclusive to be effective.
Masoma Mohammadi, a professor of Islamic studies, said women and men, according to religious teachings, should work together to build a peaceful and just society. “Islam does not restrict women from participating in social and political activities,” said Mohammadi. “In fact, it encourages women to work alongside men when it comes to important matters.”
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