Conference Report: Women and Political Participation

At the beginning of the conference, Mr. Naim Asghari, programs manager of FEFA welcomed the participants and presented information on FEFA’s proceedings toward electoral reform and public trust building on electoral reform. He said, “The 2014 electoral challenges negatively impacted women.”
“Prior to commencement of work of Special Electoral Reform Commission, FEFA held successive meetings with political parties, CSOs, media and experts and came up with the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform. The declaration was subsequently presented to government and electoral commissions. Likewise, FEFA’s Women & Youth Outreach Department has developed specific proposals about increasing women participation in political processes and presented to government. Similarly, FEFA held consultation meetings in 8 zones and focus groups in 6 zones to identify barriers before women participation in political processes and come up with specific proposals in this regard. The participants of these consultation meetings and focus groups were the representatives of Women Departments, CSOs, university professors and members of political parties. The report of findings of these consultation meetings and focus groups are now presented to you in this conference.”
Then, Mrs. Parasto Yari (The secretary of advisor of chief executive office) explained the objectives of conference and said, “Women participation in political processes in very important.” She said that Afghanistan is a democratic state but women are marginalized from leadership of the country. She said, “We need to identify the barriers before women participation in political processes and their role in macro-political decision making.” Then, she pointed out the efforts for increasing women role in political processes.” She added that participants of FEFA’s consultation meetings & focus groups have identified the challenges before women political participation and recommended solutions for them.

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