Afghanistan secures a coveted seat at the UN women’s commission

  • Date of Publication : 17/09/2020 at 09:31 GMT
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Afghanistan has secured a seat at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the first time in its history, the South Asian country’s Permanent Mission to the UN announced on Tuesday.

Afghanistan received 39 votes to find a place at the prestigious body, which is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women globally. India also secured a seat.

China was also a contender but failed to secure enough votes. The term will last from 2021 until 2025.

Afghanistan’s representative to the UN, Adela Raz, said winning the seat was of “critical importance”.

Sahraa Karimi, a filmmaker and director of the country’s Afghan Film directorate, praised Raz’s efforts in winning the seat, adding that: “Afghan women have reached a state where they no longer need to be handed something, they earn it through their own worth.

“The position she [Raz] has won is very important, God willing she will be able to use this opportunity to further highlight the issues of Afghan women, to increase their visibility at a time when we are in the peace negotiations and we need to defend our rights,” Karimi told Al Jazeera.

A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said winning a seat on the prestigious commission “means a lot to us”.

“Afghan women are not only reshaping the future of Afghanistan and their meaningful role but also will demonstrate their potential globally,” Sediq Sediqqi told Al Jazeera.

“Of course, they can defend universal rights of women, but, for sure, firstly they will champion for the women of Afghanistan. This is yet another reminder to the world that our society is being run by women now.”

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