16th - 19th of March 2014
The nine female members of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, accompanied by 3 female advisors from the Joint Secretariat, travelled to Berlin for a 3-day seminar focusing on the role of women in peace processes. The seminar was organized by the Berghof Foundation in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
During the seminar, the women discussed in detail the opportunities and capacities of women to influence the peace process in Afghanistan and debated the strategies for ensuring a place for women at the negotiating table. They were joined in their discussions by Shadia Marhaban from Aceh, Indonesia and Amat Alsoswa from Yemen, women who play leading roles in the peace processes within their respective countries. Further topics under discussion were the incorporation of the needs of women into peace negotiations, promoting a holistic view of peace – with social and economic elements as well as issues of equality and empowerment – and establishing a “culture of peace” in Afghanistan.
In the framework of a press conference, the members of the High Peace Council (HPC) had the opportunity to inform the German press about their current campaign “Women’s Call for Ceasefire and Peace”, through which they collected over 250,000 signatures from women throughout the country in support of peace.
On the final day of the seminar the members of the HPC delegation met with Ambassador Dr. Michael Koch, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Federal Foreign Office as well as four members of parliament: Edelgard Bulmahn (SPD, Vice-President of Parliament), Franziska Brantner (Green Party), Barbara Kofler (SPD) and Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU). Senator Sediqa Balkhi submitted the Afghan Women’s Call for Peace and Ceasefire to Dr. Koch and Mrs Bulmahn and both expressed their recognition of the campaign and promised further support for Afghan women.
Date 12th Feb 2014
On the following of HRT PJST meetings with the governmental Organizations, the Civilian Association and the Women Rights Supporters Representatives due to improvement of Signature collecting Campaign and raising of women Peace seeking’s voice which has been started since on January 21st 2014. Today is the February 12th 2014 Afghan Women Voice for Ceasefire & Peace Campaign was conducted at Shah Qazi Amanullah Hall located at Herat Administrative Complex.
The attendees on the mentioned Ceremony were, HRT Provincial Governor and the Head of Provincial Peace program, three members of HPC Delegation, Ms. Qamar Khoosti, Drs. Moazzama Naeemzai, Dr. Tariq (JS Outreach and PI Representative) and Ms. Nicole the HPC Policy Section representative and also Herat PHQ Commander with some governmental Authorities, some of HRT Provincial Council, Civilian Association members and more than 300 women.
This ceremony was began with recitation of Holly Quran and then the goals of conducting of the mentioned Campaign have been briefed and after that the Afghanistan National Anthem was played and then the provincial governor (Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi) talked about the three decades war in Afghanistan which have hurt the Afghan Women and said that half of the society is women and are the most victims in Afghanistan. He also mentioned that Achievement of Permanent Peace is the Afghan Nation Wishes and to achieve this Goal the Afghan People are doing their hard efforts and today the Afghan women with support of High Peace Council have decided to raise their voice to Ceasefire and Peace jointly with the other provinces. He also asked the other women to