KABUL held gatherings in various provinces on Sunday including Kabul to announce their support for the Islamic republic system.
The gatherings took place at a time when ‘republic’ and ‘emirate’ are important points of discussion in the peace talks in Doha.
The peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Qatar almost a month back, but the two sides have not yet reached an agenda for the talks.
According to some reports, the Taliban insist that the agreement between them and the US should be a basis for the intra-Afghan negotiations and religious differences should be decided in accordance with the Hanafi fiqa but the Afghan government delegation does not accept such demands.
The Afghan government has been insisting on Islamic Republic system and the Taliban want the revival of their Islamic Emirate.
Around 1,000 women attended the gathering in the Loya Jirga.”
Similar gatherings were held in other provinces today.
Acting women’s affairs minister Hassina Safi told the gathering in Kabul that their aim was to support the Islamic republic system in Afghanistan.
She said, “Today around 15,000 women are gathered across the country to defend the republic system and we want to protect the last two decades of gains and we the women want a peace that protects our achievements.”
According to her, women make half of the country’s population and if their legitimate demands are not met, lasting peace in the country is impossible.
Nahid Farid, women affairs commission head in the Wolesi Jirga, said: “Afghan women are the main victim of the war but they will not accept any peace that threatens their rights.”
She called on the participants in the Loya Jirga tent that the Qatar-based Taliban did not want to see women’s empowerment and it was the main issue.
Afghanistan Medical Council (AMC) head Dr. Nargis Nasrin Oryakhel said that Afghanistan had made significant achievements during the past two decades under the Islamic republic system.
She said Afghanistan had 400 midwives in 2002 but now there were more than 20,000 midwives in the country.
She said 1,600 women among 100,000 would die during childbirth but now the number had dropped to nearly 600.
They also issued a resolution letter during the meeting. The resolution said women had never been involved in the war, but they were working from various quarters to bring about peace to the country and wanted the war to end.
In addition to supporting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Afghan women urged the Taliban to declare an unconditional ceasefire and respect women’s rights.
Taliban officials in their statements have said they were committed to all rights of women in all walks of life as enshrined in Islam.