By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: National Unity Government (NUG) leaders, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in separate messages condoled death of the country’s women rights activist, Suraya Parlika, here yesterday.
“I was saddened by the news of Suraya Parlika’s death. She has bravely fought for the rights of women in last four decades,” the president said in a statement released by the presidential press office yesterday.
Calling her death, a great loss to the country, the president said her name will remain among the heroic women of this country and will be remembered in Afghanistan’s history.
Extending his condolences to friends and family of the deceased, the president wished paradise for the departed soul, the statement added.
Meanwhile in another statement Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said Parlika was struggling for the women’s rights till her end of life not only in Afghanistan, but also advocated outside of the country.
“There have been positive changes in women’s life since late Parlika began advocacy for their rights. But women still facing challenges before reaching their rights,” Dr. Abdullah was quoted in a message released by his press office.
Suraya Parlika was born in Bagrami district of Kabul city in 1944. Suraya Parlika was the head of Afghan women democratic organization when the People’s Democratic Party was ruling Afghanistan. Parlika’s effort for women’s rights caused in changing the pregnancy leave period from 40 days to 90 days and then to 180 days in Afghanistan. Her advocacy had also helped in establishment of kindergartens at workplaces during the People’s Democratic Party times. Parlika was jailed in late 70s for advocating for the women’s rights and civil liberties. The pioneering women’s rights campaigner in Afghanistan, Suraya Parlika died of cancer disease at the age of 75 in Switzerland.