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‘Discrimination Against Women Not Our Culture,’ President Ghani

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Saturday December 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) the other day, spoke about the role of women in society-building and other affairs, expressed their full support to women presence in all affairs of the government.
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressed the importance of women’s increased role in all spheres of the government, a statement from the presidential palace said.
During a meeting with female lawmakers at the Presidential Palace, where the country’s First Lady Rula Ghani has also attended on Thursday evening the statement added.
Attended at the meeting, two members of the country’s Lower House, Razia Sadat Mangal and Kubra Mustafa, and Sadiqa Balkhi, member of the Meshrano Jirga, represented the parliamentarians to speak on the occasion, voicing their support to the national unity government’s foreign policy and the agenda of the reforms, according to the statement.
The president said such meetings should continue and argued that the Afghan society should realize the potential of the female population.
“Discrimination against women is not our culture,” said the president as quoted by the statement adding the Afghan women have never been excluded from decision making.
He assured that women’s role and participation will increase day by day and the national unity government had firm stance in this regard.
The Chief of Executive the National Unity Government, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in a separate meeting with a number of women activists, also insisted on the increased role of women in different spheres of the government, particularly in decision-making.
He said consultation would continue with other authorities, to draw their attention to the women and tackle problems of women prisoners all over the countries jails.
Efforts were underway to provide better ground for the women to have presence in the education structures, as needed.

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