Participation of Afghan women in decision-making urged by UN envoy

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UNAMA: A women voting in 2014 presidential election to select her future president at Zarghuna Girls High School polling centre, in the capital, Kabul, Afghanistan.Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

The participation of Afghan women in the national political process is critical to Afghanistan's development according to the top United Nations envoy in the country.

Speaking after meeting with women parliamentarians in Kabul on Monday, Ján Kubiš, offered his congratulations on the participation of women as voters, electoral workers, observers and candidates.

He said through such action, "women's voices and concerns can help improve the country's political life".

Elections took place in Afghanistan at the beginning of April. The full preliminary results covering the entire country are scheduled to be announced on 24 April.

The UN envoy said voters expect the next President to live up to the commitments made by all the candidates during their campaigning.

They include increasing women's participation in government, improving their economic empowerment and combating violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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