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15 July 2010

Afghan women vow not to accept a peace that harms their achievements

Women from ten organisations, in a meeting of the Peace Building Network (PBN) called by medica mondiale Afghanistan and Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) on Thursday 10 th June, proclaimed their support of the active participation of women in the Peace Jirga and declared with one voice that Afghan women won’t agree to lose their achievements in a peace deal. They praised the active participation of women in the Jirga, and they stipulated that Afghan women will not accept a peace negotiation which causes any harm to or loss of the achievements they have gained over the last ten years.

They also declared that women will actively participate in the follow-up meetings related to the Peace Jirga with increased quality of participation. The participants of the PBN meeting also voiced their expectations and hopes for the upcoming Kabul Conference saying that they want to ask women to actively participate in the discussions of the Kabul Conference as well, including the six key discussions posed in the London Conference.

Taking part in the PBN meeting were representatives of All Afghan Women Union (AAWU), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Training Human Rights Association (THRA), Education Center for Women (ECW), Windows for Life (WfL), Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC), Afghan Women’s Education Center (AWEC), Supportive Organization for Poor Women and Children (SOPWC), Afghan Women Resource Center (AWRC), and Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF). Three of the participants were members of the Peace Jirga.


In March 2009 medica mondiale started a three-year peace building project called “Political Participation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo”, which is funded by the European Commission. The purpose of this project is to empower women activists, NGO staff and women’s organisations to participate in peace processes and security policy planning of their countries on government level. By means of capacity building instruments - trainings, advocacy activities and networking - the women involved shall be enabled to take an active role in decision making processes at civil society and state level regarding their access to human security and engagement in political processes.

In Afghanistan one of the results of the project is the implementation of the Peace Building Network in April 2010.


European Commission