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Afghanistan: Just peace and national unity in Afghanistan by McMaster University (Canada) and Afghan Women's Council

More than 250 Afghan women participated in the seminar, from all walks of life, viz., NGOs, schools, educators, writers, scholars, media, teachers of Afghan schools were participated and every one expressed their wishes regarding peace and National unity.
All participants had high expectations for restoration of their rights in the future and their participation in the administration system of the country and they expressed their concern on the previous armed men and warlords and limited seats in the current Loya Jirga in the country for women.

Ms. Fatana Said Gailani the head of AWC had given
her speech on behalf of the AWC members. She drew the attention of the international community, United Nations,
Amnesty International and the Interim Government of Afghanistan to the need for
rehabilitation of peace and national unity especially restoration of Human
Rights and women rights in the country. She showed her concern on the security in Afghanistan and appealed the
International community and United Nations, specially the US Government to take
proper measures against the current on going fighting in the country and start
the weapon collection from the armed factions in the country.

Ms. Gailani
said that the modern community of the world believes on democracy, but nowadays
they are blind to see what is going on in Afghanistan from the military fighting
to the US bombardment to the rape and slavery of women in the presence of US
army. She informed the
international community and requested them to recognize the AWC as an
independent organization not affiliated with any political party or any ethnic
grouping, therefore, AWC should be heard carefully. She added that they believe on democracy
and fight for the human rights, women and children’s rights in the country. She added that the real representatives
of the people should be taken in to Loya Jerga as one of the right steps to be
taken from the beginning. She also
asked for having a seminar of solidarity of peace and national unity in Kabul to
address the ethnic problem in the country especially that is growing in the
northern part of Afghanistan.

She strongly vowed her concern on the
number of dead bodies lying and found in the various Provinces of Afghanistan
specially recently in Bamyan and requested the International community,
particularly the US Government to find the killers of the hundreds of innocent
people of Bamyan and bring them to justice. She added that when one person is
killed from the US Army or the others in the alliance, whole area is destroyed
in revenge, but when hundreds of local people were killed in the north and
individual or mass graves are being found for many others in Bamyan but no body
asking the killers.

She made an appeal to the Afghan Women that they
should use this good opportunity for having solidarity and unity among them,
without any discrimination, come together, strengthen their voice, and should
not allow any one to play with their lives and their future. She requested all journalists, writers,
and the media people to reflex their voice, their concern about women’s rights
in the family, community, society and their future to the international
community and the world media. She
warned women to be ready for an active participation in the Government system
side by side with the men in the country.

The seminar ended at about 5:00
PM with the announcement of the seminar’s result as

Interferences of outdoor players should be stop in

The interim Government was asked to keep Afghanistan as a no
side country and give attention to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the
war damaged country.

Appeal was made to the Interim Government to give
attention to finish the discriminations of ethnic groups and established peace
and National unity in the country.

Afghans were used in the past several
years for the destruction of their country and that was because of the lack of
education. The Interim Government
was asked to give strong attention to education.

As most of the pervious
commanders are still in power with the changed faces of peacekeepers which is
more dangerous for the future of the country. The interim Government was asked to
remove them from their positions and give the positions to the right people so
the country is moved in the right direction.

The interim Government was
asked to give chance to the people’s representatives to represent their people
and build up peace which the whole nation looking for. They asked the interim Government not to
force people to except what ever the US and others are asking for.

In the
end, the Director of AWC thanked Dr. Seddiq Werra for arranging the seminar of
Peace and National Unity in such a critical and short time.

Women Council (AWC)
AWC Main Office: House # 53, Str. 11, J-1, Phase II,
Hayatabad, Peshawar.
Telephone: 92-91- 812259 Fax: 92 91
Director: (Ms. Fatana
Said Gailani)
Mobile: 0300 9599422 - Res. 92-91-811261
School: 92-91-
816602 - Clinic: 92-91 - 812115
Email: href="mailto:awc2@psh.paknet.com.pk">awc2@psh.paknet.com.pk