National Unity Government called on to reintroduce rejected ministerial candidate, Nargis Nehan, to parliament for a vote of confidence.
Nehan Rejected Due to Discrimination, Say Women
Women who gathered at the Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Tuesday in Kabul, claimed that Nargis Nehan, the nominee for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum was rejected as a ministerial candidate by MPs because of ongoing discrimination against women.
The women asked the National Unity Government (NUG) to reintroduce Nargis Nehan to parliament for a vote of confidence.
On Monday parliament members voted for 12 nominated ministers of whom 11 were approved by the MPs but the only female nominee for the Ministry of Mines, Nargis Nehan, was rejected.
“We (women) want Nehan to continue her work as acting minister for mines and petroleum,” Wazhma Frogh, women rights activist said.
“Those who are in parliament, are not only the representatives of males. They are representatives of the Afghanistan people and they should support both men and women,” Palosha Hassan, director of Afghan Women’s Educational Center said.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief Sima Samar has also said Nehan was rejected due to discriminatory behavior against women.
“Yesterday our parliament did not approve a woman. I am sad because of this, but it shows the reality of our society,” Samar said.
A number of MPs have meanwhile rejected the allegations of discriminatory behavior and said Nehan is not qualified for the mines and petroleum ministry and that is why she was not approved by the lawmakers.
“A number of MPs including men and women, see Nehan’s appointment in the ministry a problem from a professional perspective because this post (Mines and Petroleum Minister post) is a professional post,” MP Daud Kalakani said.
A Natural Resources Monitoring Network (NRMN) member, Ibrahim Jafari, said Nehan is a person close to President Ashraf Ghani and that she might remain as acting minister at the ministry.
“It is possible that President Ashraf Ghani keeps his trust in Nehan and keep her as acting minister for the ministry,” said Jafari.
On Monday 11 ministers were approved by the parliament MPs. Nargis Nehan, with only 107 votes of confidence, failed to become minister for the ministry of mines and petroleum.