The Women and Youth Political Rights Advocacy Groups of FEFA met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Women & Youth Outreach officer of FEFA thanked the chief executive for his attention to women and youth and said, “FEFA held a survey entitled women and political participation to identify women challenges in election and released its findings through the declaration of substantive principles on women and youth meaningful political participation.” Subsequently, the declaration of substantive principles on women and youth meaningful political participation was shared with the chief executive.
The participants of meeting convinced the chief executive to take practical steps toward increasing women and youth political participation, breaking the barriers before women and youth, introduction of qualified women in managerial/political positions, strengthening role of women in electoral commissions, issuance of E-Tazkira and giving awareness about women rights. The chief executive appreciated FEFA’s proceedings and efforts and said, “Civil society acts as a linking bridge between state and nation but electoral reform requires long-term attempts and action.”
He also said, “The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is trying its best to actualize the recommendations made about strengthening women and youth political participation, strengthening women role in electoral commissions. We will order the respective officials to pay attention about women appointment as electoral commissions and consider some flexibility for women who want to be appointed as electoral commissioners.”
It is worth mentioning that Women and Youth Outreach Department of FEFA will continue its advocacy meetings with government entities to solve women and youth problems in election.
Kabul-October 26, 2016