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Hundreds of women drum up support for republic in Kabul gathering

By: Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Hundreds of women at a gathering in Kabul on Sunday raised their voice in support to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, asking government and negotiators to preserve their rights during the ongoing peace process.
Women from various provinces of the country said ignoring their role in the peace process means ignoring the whole Afghanistan; they will not allow their fate to be compromised in the process.
“We, the Afghan women, are the defenders of the Islamic republic system in Afghanistan. We do this for us, for our next generation and to maintain our achievements,” the acting minister of women’s affairs said.
“We want our achievements to be preserved,” said Zahida Amarkhil, a women’s rights activist.
While the country’s representatives are negotiating with Taliban to settle a peace agreement in Doha, women throughout Afghanistan came together, raising voice for their past achievements to be preserved.
“We all know that peace must come to this country and it will be ensured one day,” said Nahid Farid, a MP from Herat. ”We have been victims of war for many years… We want a role in peace and we will not allow our role to be used as tools by others.”
“We raise the voice of peace and call on the warring sides to make peace as it is our right,” said Yasamin Sarwari, a member of the Afghan women’s network, according to report.
The remarks came at a time when Afghan and Taliban delegations in Doha launched a formal gathering on Afghan peace last month; since then, they struggle to set the fundamental rules for the intra-Afghan talks that will lead to a potential peace deal with the insurgents.
Among 21 Afghan negotiators, only four are women, representing Afghanistan.

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