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Summit Delegation Not Representative Of Afghan Women: Critics

Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the

Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the women's delegation selected by government for the Brussels Summit is not representative of all Afghan women.

Women's rights groups also added their concerns and said the group was Kabul-centric.

These comments come just days before next week's summit where the Afghan government will report back on its promises to its international partners on a number of issues including women's economic development and self-reliance.

But, Afghan female lawmakers and women's rights activists hit out over government's selection.

According to activists, government should make sure that the women's delegation is representative of the whole country.

"Always, individuals are introduced to international conferences who are active only in the capital and they always present the same programs and programs which are limited to the capital," said Kofi.

"If the present delegation participates at the Brussels Summit, this will not be acceptable to us, because their (delegation) programs are not compliant with the issues of the entire nation," said Wazhma Forogh, founder of Women for Peace.

Activists argue that the lack of interest in appointing an energetic and powerful women's delegation for the summit will hamper their potential to seek consistent support from the world in the years ahead.

"We are concerned that this time again we lose opportunities where we make commitments to the international community for aid," said MP Massouda Karokhail.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) which has the responsibility of organizing such delegations for the summit said they had chosen the group in consultation with a number of ministries.

"These delegations have been nominated in harmony with the ministry of women affairs, ministry of labor and social affairs and the ministry of foreign affairs, they will represent the women in the capital and all provinces," said Ajmal Abdulrahimzai, spokesman for the MoF.

Brussels Summit

Summit Delegation Not Representative Of Afghan Women: Critics

Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the

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Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the women's delegation selected by government for the Brussels Summit is not representative of all Afghan women.

Women's rights groups also added their concerns and said the group was Kabul-centric.

These comments come just days before next week's summit where the Afghan government will report back on its promises to its international partners on a number of issues including women's economic development and self-reliance.

But, Afghan female lawmakers and women's rights activists hit out over government's selection.

According to activists, government should make sure that the women's delegation is representative of the whole country.

"Always, individuals are introduced to international conferences who are active only in the capital and they always present the same programs and programs which are limited to the capital," said Kofi.

"If the present delegation participates at the Brussels Summit, this will not be acceptable to us, because their (delegation) programs are not compliant with the issues of the entire nation," said Wazhma Forogh, founder of Women for Peace.

Activists argue that the lack of interest in appointing an energetic and powerful women's delegation for the summit will hamper their potential to seek consistent support from the world in the years ahead.

"We are concerned that this time again we lose opportunities where we make commitments to the international community for aid," said MP Massouda Karokhail.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) which has the responsibility of organizing such delegations for the summit said they had chosen the group in consultation with a number of ministries.

"These delegations have been nominated in harmony with the ministry of women affairs, ministry of labor and social affairs and the ministry of foreign affairs, they will represent the women in the capital and all provinces," said Ajmal Abdulrahimzai, spokesman for the MoF.

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