Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed a decree creating the Higher Council of Women, a new forum aimed at the upcoming peace talks with the Taliban following the agreement on the release of prisoners.
The council, made up of 26 members “from different sectors of society”, is called upon to defend women’s rights in the face of this dialogue, the Afghan Presidency said on Twitter. Ghani himself will lead this new forum.
The creation of this new body coincides with the dissemination of a text in which 400 women demand that the Taliban respect the rights of women who “have carried the weight of four decades and conflicts”. “As widows, mothers, daughters and sisters, we suffered terribly, we felt the brutality and violence of the war,” says the Afghan women’s coalition, according to Tolo News.
The Taliban restricted women’s rights during their rule, which ended in 2001 after foreign military intervention. Civil society now hopes that the talks between the executive and the insurgency do not represent a setback in terms of rights and freedoms.
Ghani signed a decree on Monday authorizing the release of 400 Taliban prisoners. This is one of the main obstacles between the parties before the start of the direct peace talks in the Qatari capital Doha, for which there is still no date. .