UN / CLINTON AFGHANISTAN

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Former Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton said Afghan women “are rightly afraid” that gains made in recent years, “will be washed away in a rush to achieve a peace that will not hold anyway.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

10 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

2. Med shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States:
“Afghan women today are rightly afraid. Afraid, not just for their rights and the constitution that was written to protect them, but literally afraid that the gains they have made- with all of our help – will be washed away in a rush to achieve a peace that will not hold anyway. This is not just morally wrong, this is dangerous.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States:
“Our goal has long been to ensure that the Taliban would cease hostilities and violence, agree to abide by the Afghan constitution and the laws that have been enacted by the parliament of Afghanistan. The Taliban must prove that they understand and respect the significant changes that have occurred in Afghan society and demonstrate that they are willing to abide by the constitution and give up violence and go forward in a peaceful political process.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States:
“The women of Afghanistan have made profound contributions to their country and reconstruction and development. They’ve used their voices and influence to support a moderate Afghanistan, to serve as a bulwark against the return to extremism. They’ve come too far; they’ve worked too hard; they’ve sacrificed too much to be excluded from the negotiating table while their rights are stripped away.”
8. Wide shot, applause
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Adela Raz, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations:
“The Afghan women of today will never compromise our rights that have been protected and granted by the Afghan constitution. In this pivotal moment of my country and for women in Afghanistan, we need our allies, international partners, and supporters to elevate the strides of my fellow Afghan sisters for not only having a seat at the negotiating table, but for a comprehensive peace agreement that protects the constitutional rights of every Afghan woman, because women’s rights are human rights.”
10. Wide shot, applause

STORYLINE:

Former Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton today (10 Mar) said Afghan women “are rightly afraid” that gains made in recent years, “will be washed away in a rush to achieve a peace that will not hold anyway.”

Clinton, addressing a meeting of the Group of Friends of Afghanistan at UN Headquarters, said “this is not just morally wrong, this is dangerous.”

She said, “our goal has long been to ensure that the Taliban would cease hostilities and violence, agree to abide by the Afghan constitution and the laws that have been enacted by the parliament of Afghanistan. The Taliban must prove that they understand and respect the significant changes that have occurred in Afghan society and demonstrate that they are willing to abide by the constitution and give up violence and go forward in a peaceful political process.”

Clinton told the meeting that “the women of Afghanistan have made profound contributions to their country and reconstruction and development. They’ve used their voices and influence to support a moderate Afghanistan, to serve as a bulwark against the return to extremism.”

She said, “they’ve come too far; they’ve worked too hard; they’ve sacrificed too much to be excluded from the negotiating table while their rights are stripped away.”

Clinton delivered the keynote address at today’s meeting, held barely two weeks after the signing of a peace deal between Washington and the Taliban.

The agreement calls for the insurgent group to participate in intra-Afghan peace talks which were to begin that day. It also covers a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

For her part, Afghan Ambassador Adela Raz told the meeting that Afghan women “will never compromise our rights that have been protected and granted by the Afghan constitution.”

Raz said, “in this pivotal moment of my country and for women in Afghanistan, we need our allies, international partners, and supporters to elevate the strides of my fellow Afghan sisters for not only having a seat at the negotiating table, but for a comprehensive peace agreement that protects the constitutional rights of every Afghan woman, because women’s rights are human rights.”

The Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan was established last November to highlight the central role women have in the country’s future.

Co-chaired by Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, it is comprised of women representatives to the UN and senior officials from the global organization.
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