Participants of an event in Kabul on Wednesday called on the government implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSRC 1325) and improve women’s lives as promised by National Unity Government (NUG) leaders during their election campaigns.
The resolution was adopted unanimously on 31 October 2000. The resolution which was issued 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.
“We urge the government to fulfill its promises on implementing the UN resolution and as per their [NUG leaders’] promises during presidential campaigns. They should increase women’s roles in politics, governance and leadership,” said Zahra Spehr, a civil society activist.
Reports say that the Netherlands has invested $12 million USD on the implementation of the resolution in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Netherlands Ambassador to Kabul Henk Jan Bakkeron accused the Afghan ministries of Defense and Interior for not being interested in implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
The ambassador said the resolution needs a strong political will to be adopted and that he does not see such a will in the Defense and Interior ministries.
“The implementation of the Action Plan 1325 requires strong political will from the government. Within the relevant security ministries, and most of all the ministry of interior and the ministry of defense, I see a lack of awareness, motivation and enthusiasm for the implementation of the national action plan,” the ambassador said.
Meanwhile, Gender Concerns International said the budget invested for the implementation of the resolution should be spent wisely by Afghanistan and the international community.
“We should start our work on 2016 elections and stretching democracy today. The UNSC 1325 Resolution has to be implemented,” said Sabra Banu, representative of Gender Concerns International.
“It is important that $12 million USD has been invested to implement the resolution. This money should be spent properly by the international community,” she said.
Participants of the event called on the government to improve women’s role in leadership, politics and governance.