The Pakistan-based Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan issued a statement Monday urging the U.N. to take action to bring an end to Afghanistan's decades-long civil war.
"If the U.N. really wants to restore peace to Afghanistan, it should first half supply of arms to the combatants," read the statement. "Later, tangible moves should be made to prepare the ground for convening a broadly representative traditional Afghan jirga or assembly to form an interim government for organizing free elections," the group advised.
RAWA condemned the Taliban and its northern opposition for blatantly violating women's rights and "playing with the fate" of Afghan citizens. "We have firm faith that the supremacy of the killers of innocent people, of freedom, of democracy and women's rights cannot endure forever," concluded the RAWA statement.
Media Resources: RAWA press release and AFP - August 16-17, 1999
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .