On Sunday, representatives of government institutions, foreign ambassadors and envoys of civil society institutions gathered in Kabul to assess the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Afghanistan, a resolution which was issued to address the plight of Afghan women and impacts of the conflict on the women in the country.
Addressing the gathering, the European Union Special Representative to Afghanistan, Franz-Michael Mellbin said that the Taliban has simply escalated war into a larger location that poses enormous financial loses and human casualties.
The EU envoy called on the Afghan government to take practical steps to stamp out the insurgents and complete its commitments in line with the Resolution 1325 passed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“The reality for the Afghan security forces today is that they are very overstretched, they are pressed because there are so many conflicts out there,” he said adding that it is easy for the Taliban and others to tip the balance and turn a local conflict into a national security threat.
“We have seen this for example in Kunduz in a dramatic way this year, this was not a new conflict, this was very old long standing conflict,” he said.
Referring to child marriages, beatings and violation of women rights, the EU envoy said that women should be allowed to participate in the decision making processes.
“The judges, officially appointed Afghan judges, out of ignorance or lack of respect for existing laws and regulations, meet out penalties that are incompatible and make women sufferers of justice instead of respecting their rights,” he added.
Meanwhile, Finland ambassador to Afghanistan Anne Meskanen has called on the implementation of UN resolution 1325 in Afghanistan, asking for a joint cooperation between Afghan government, international community and civil society institutions to make it happen.
“Sexual and domestic violence against women and girls must be tackled also here in Afghanistan and it has to be stopped immediately. The victims are entitled to receive counseling and assistance, at the same time, it is very important to bring perpetrators to justice, holding them accountable sends a very clear signal that violence is not accepted under any circumstances,” she said.
In 2000, the United Nations Security Council formally acknowledged through the creation of Resolution 1325 the changing nature of warfare, in which civilians are increasingly targeted, and women continue to be excluded from participation in peace processes. UNSCR 1325 addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace.