The Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group Held a Meeting

Date July 27,2015
Place FEFA HQ
participants Members of Group
Agenda Discussing the Declaration of Substantive Principle of Electoral Reform and Sharing the Proposal of Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group


Preamble:
Pursuing the previous meetings, the Women Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) held a meeting on July 27, 2015 in FEFA HQ to discuss the following issues:

  •  Discussing the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform
  •  Discussing the proposal of WPRAG;
  • Discussing on the agenda of meetings with government officials;

The Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform was shared with members of the group to review it and add their comments on gender balance in it. The members of group agreed with some articles of the declaration however they urged for amendment of some other articles.

The Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group held a session

The Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) discussed women problems in 2014 presidential and provincial council elections.
The WPRAG held a meeting on October 29, 2014 at FEFA HQ to discuss women problems in 2014 presidential and provincial council elections

The participants of meeting expressed their views on women problems in 2014 presidential and provincial council election. The added the women problems were as follow in 2014 presidential and provincial council elections:
• Insecurity Challenges
Security directly impact on whole processes. Due to insecurity the level of women participation was low in election. Women could not go to the polling centers to cast their votes due to insecurity.
• Role of Improper Culture in the Society
Existence of improper and male-dominated culture in the society has negatively impacted on women participation in election. The local powerbrokers do negative publicity against women and encourage men to no allow their female members of family to take part in political processes.
• Women Unawareness From Election Process
A principle challenge before women in election is their unawareness from political processes including election. It means women do not understand the value of their participation in political processes.

WPRAG Welcoming the membership of a woman in the Supreme Court council

President Ghani appointed Mrs. Anisa Rasouli as member of Supreme-Court high council through a presidential decree. The women political Rights Advocacy Group welcome this action of National Unity Government and consider it a positive step toward institutionalization of women rights. The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group believe supporting women participation in political structures is a substantive step toward institutionalizing justice and good governance.
Membership of a woman in Supreme-Court high council was a major demand of group shared with presidential candidates prior to 2014 presidential election. At the same time, the presidential candidates had promised to appoint a woman as member of Supreme-Court high council. After the establishment of National Unity Government the Women Political Rights Advocacy Group attempted to pursue its demands on augmenting women participation in political power structure. Additionally, allocating provinces seats, diplomatic agencies, deputies, general directorates, independent commissions and districts to women were another substantive demands of the group. The group urge the government to implement its commitments and increase women portion in all mentioned sectors.
The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group is made up from elite and well-known women including members of parliament, media, civil society organizations, political parties and independent active women. Four years ago, the group established by technical assistance of FEFA to advocate for women political rights and to enhancing women participation in political processes including election. The group has presented specific proposals and recommendations on holding transparent election, strengthening and enhancing women participation in election, resolving women problems in election and supporting women portion in structure of political power, to related institutions.

Kabul- 6/21/2015

Declaration of Women Political Rights Advocacy Group on Electoral Reform to Electoral Reform Commission and Government

Women Political Rights Advocacy Group Urge the National Unity Government to Actualize the Commitments it had made on Increasing the Role and Proportion of Women in Governance and Electoral Reform Process
Kabul, June 1, 2015

The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group is lobbying for its proposals to verify women political rights in the country. Thus, it urge the leaders of National Unity Government to actualize the commitments they made during electoral campaign on increasing and strengthening the role of women in leadership of government. The group welcome presence of four women in cabinet and urge the government to not think it is enough for women. Considering presence of four women in cabinet the group urged the government develop a national inclusive program on increase the proportion and role of women in all leadership and management levels of government. Hence, the group raise the following issues as basic demands and principles:

1- During the electoral reform process women challenges and problems must be considered accurately. The group findings from election observation report of FEFA indicated that despite widespread women participation in previous election there were many problems and barriers before women. Unfortunately, continuation of such circumstance in upcoming elections will deprive women from their political rights. Thus, the group has developed a specific proposal and present to the Electoral Reform Commission and government of Afghanistan.
2- During the electoral campaign period the leaders of National Unity Government promised people many times to increase and strengthen the role and proportion of women in government leadership. Likewise, the group held a conference under the name of Election and Women Rights on ( 26 December 2014 ) where presidential candidates attended and received group’s demands and committed to actualize them. Pursuing mentioned issues, group urge leaders of National Unity Government to actualize their commitments on increasing and strengthening women role and proportion in leadership and management level of government.
3- The proposal of Women Political Rights Advocacy Group explicitly mentioned membership of a woman in High Supreme Court, appointing of women as governors, diplomatic agents, deputy-ministers, and heads of general directorates and chairs of independent commissions. Now, the National Unity Government must actualize its commitments and consider the proportion of women in all mentioned sections. At lease the group urge for appointing of 9 women as governors.

Best Regards
Women Political Rights Advocacy Group-FEFA

FEFA

Kartee- 4 Hajari Najari Street, Behind Russian Cultural Institute, House#013

Tel:+93-799 -310664

Web site: www.fefa.org.af

    

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