A key component of Afghanistan’s strategy relates to ensuring women’s participation in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, as well as other matters related to peace and security.
The National Action Plan for the women of Afghanistan, spanning the years 2008 to 2018, commits the Afghan Government to increasing women’s representation in the civil service to 30 per cent.
Afghanistan is pleased to report that at present more than 3,000 female armed-service members and police officers are proudly serving in its national security forces.
Afghanistan’s national programme for women’s economic empowerment has marked another important step forward in the advancement of women.
A number of national structures have been established to enforce constitutional and legislative provisions to protect women. They include the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, commissions in Kabul and the provinces for the elimination of violence against women, the creation of the post of Deputy Attorney-General for the Elimination of Violence against Women and a commission on the elimination of sexual abuse of women and children.
The Ministries of the Interior and National Defence have committed to increasing women’s representation in those institutions by 20 per cent over the next 10 years.