Ghani Eases Fears, Says Afghanistan Won't Collapse

Amid growing concerns over Afghanistan’s security situation, particularly in some parts of the country, President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday addressed the public and quelled fears that the country could collapse.

In an attempt to ease fears he said the country has existed for more than 5,000 years and will continue to do so. He said no one will stand in the way of its progress.

Ghani emphasized that the country will never collapse.

He also called on all Afghanistan’s neighbors to work with the country to ensure peace in the region.

Speaking at a gathering in Kabul on the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Ghani said: “We will not accept peace from a weak stance.

Lasting peace will be ensured when all Afghans accept the second chapter of the Constitution.”

Ghani also stressed the issue of women’s rights and said that this needs to be carried forward from the villages to the Presidential Palace. He also said women will have a role in the peace process, and not just a symbolic one.

He called on the younger generation of Afghans to avoid misogyny. “Lasting peace will be ensured when the second chapter of the Constitution becomes acceptable for all Afghans. The directions and rules of Islam and the rights of Afghans will not change. War has been imposed on us and we will not accept peace from a weak stance,” the president said, adding: “We will enter peace talks where women’s roles will be real, not symbolic.”

He said all ministries should have a woman as their deputy.

It is said that violence against women, lack of access to healthcare services and education are the main challenges for women in Afghanistan.

In line with this, Ghani said a nationwide campaign will kick off to improve healthcare services across Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry also stressed the need to adopt the resolution by all public offices.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSRC 1325) was adopted unanimously on 31 October 2000. The resolution on women, peace and security acknowledges the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. It calls for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls during conflict, repatriation and resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction.

Resolution 1325 was the first formal and legal document from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that required parties in a conflict to prevent violations of women’s rights, to support women’s participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction, and to protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict. It was also the first United Nations resolution to specifically mention women. The resolution has since become an organizing framework for the women, peace and security agenda, which focuses on advancing the components of resolution 1325.

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