The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group (WPRAG) held a meeting with the advisor of Chief executive on Women & Youth Affairs. The participants of this meeting were MPs, representative of Ministry of Women Affairs, representatives of political parties and civil society. At the beginning of the meeting, Mrs. Surabi advisor of chief executive office on Women & Youth Affairs welcomed the participants of meeting and urged Mrs. Sima Ghani and Mariam Arween to begin the meeting.
Then, Mrs. Ghani said, “Some time ago FEFA held a survey to identify women challenges and evaluate women presence in political leadership level. The findings of this survey was shared with Mrs. Surabi and then Mrs. Surabi urged for sharing it with all WPRAG members to lobby for increasing women presence in political positions.” Mrs. Ghani added that two advocacy groups had prepared a list of elite women who are qualified for working in high political positions and shared with ministries but their work was not fruitful. “The members of WPRAG wanted to know what are women’s weakness to work change them to strengths so the WPRAG established a working committee to evaluate women weakness and prepare a list of elite women who are qualified for working in high political positions. The working committee succeeded to prepare the list within 4 month and now the list is presented to participants.” She said.
Subsequently, Mrs. Mariam Arween, Women & Youth Outreach Officer of FEFA, thanked the Advisor of Chief Executive Office on Women & Youth Affairs for organizing the meeting and said, “The members of working group of Women Political Rights Advocacy Group were Mrs. Sima Ghani (Member of Women Declaration), Mrs. Omaira Saqib (Head of ACCEN), Mrs. Gul Makai Safi (Advisor to chief executive), Mr. Adila Bahram (Chairwomen of Republican Party), Mrs. Parastoo Yari (Secretary of advisor to chief executive), Mr. Roya Sadat (Head of Roya Film), Mr. Amina (Representative of President Administrative Office), Waheda Rasuli (Representative of AWEC), Mariam Arween (Women & Youth Outreach Officer of FEFA) and Wazhma Azizi (Women & Youth Outreach Assistant of FEFA).”
The committee worked on its working plan in its first meeting and agreed to work on following issues:
- Identifying women weaknesses;
- Identifying the list of legal sources on women quota;
- Identifying donors;
- Preparing the list of universities;
- Identifying provinces where women can work as governor;
- Identifying districts where women can work as district governors;
- Identifying ministries, deputies, general directorates and embassies where women can work at top positions;
“We succeeded to prepare the list of elite women within 5 meetings. We contacted women departments of provinces and requested them to share the list of elite women of their provinces with us.” She said.
Mrs. Sima Ghani said, “We planned to prepare the list soon but due to some problems in Ministry of Women Affairs it took 5 months.” She also said, “We prepared the list but wanted to consult with you on insecure provinces where we have a lot of elite women. We want to add the insecure province in our list in consultation with you and then start our lobbying for the list.”
Subsequently, Mrs. Surabi thanked Mrs. Ghani for giving her time to women and said, “We work for a big aim so Ministry of Women Affairs has to cooperate with us.” She said we must work warily to not face any sensitivity.
Mrs. Ghani added that if women are assigned in higher positions in provinces then the society will become ready to accept them in decision makings.
Mrs. Karokhi, MP, said, “We must consider the situation of country and then take approach to not face any sensitivity.” She also said, “We must acknowledge our weaknesses and try to change them to strengths. Symbolic assignment of women can negatively impact hundreds of young women who are in promotion.”
Mrs. Sajia, advisor to chief executive office said, “The committee has done a great work. We need to work on this list first and then add the other lists to it. We must share this list with ministries.” She promised that the chief executive office can share the list with ministries and set coordination meetings with ministries and the Directorate of Local Governance for WPRAG.
Mrs. Safi, member of WPRAG, said, “The committee must share the list with members of WPRAG and urge them to add their lists to it.
At the end of the meeting the group agreed on following issues:
- Requesting the list of elite women from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance through an official letter;
- Holding a meeting with the Independent Human Rights Commission and Civil Society Network to request the list of elite women from them;
-Holding a grand meeting of the WPRAG chair by Mrs. Habiba Surabi and sharing the final list with members of the group;
- Holding advocacy meetings with president and chief executive