Press briefing by Ahmad Fawzi, Spokesman for the SRSG on Afghanistan

Press Briefing by Ahmad Fawzi, Spokesman for the SRSG on
Afghanistan

As four Afghan groups continued with U.N.-moderated talks in
Bonn, Germany, last week, similar talks among Afghan civil service
groups began, reports the Special Representative of the
Secretary-General on Afghanistan (SRSG).

SRSG spokesman Ahmad Fawzi announced the Civil Society Conference
for Peace and Development in Afghanistan, a meeting meant to
discuss the nation’s future and to emphasize the role of women
rebuilding it. The meeting is attracting representatives from
Afghan academic, journalist, women’s, and non-governmental
organizations, as reported by Jay Newton-Small of
Earth Times News
Service
.

The conference, sponsored by a delegation of European women’s
groups, aims highlight women’s issues in the future of Afghanistan.
The three-woman delegation — featuring the head of the Equality
Commission in the European Parliament, the president of the Belgian
Women’s Council, and the president of the German Women’s Council —
stressed the important role of women in rebuilding
Afghanistan.

According to Fawzi, Afghan women who spoke at the conference were
grateful for the support they received from Western groups and glad
to have the opportunity to resume their ‘traditional and historical
roles as active members of Afghanistan society in all
fields.’
–Kate Garsombke
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