Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday pledged to consider leadership roles for Afghan women if elected as the next president of Afghanistan in September polls.
Addressing a campaign rally attended by women, Mr. Abdullah said that misconduct against a number of women in some government institutions have damaged the image of those state organizations.
Mr. Abdullah, who is serving as the National Unity Government’s Chief Executive, said he will pick one woman as one of the deputies of his CEO in the future government.
He said Afghan women should have a fundamental role in the peace process.
“It is proved now that without the participation of women there will be no security and economic development in the country. This shouldn’t be evaluated as mercy. We need to take some steps for it if we want to take our country from these situations into a better condition,” Mr. Abdullah told the gathering.
Mohammad Mohaqiq, who has newly joined Mr. Abdullah’s campaign, called for a transparent election in which women will widely participate.
“There are two ways that can pave the way for electoral rigging and we must ask the [election] commission to address it,” Mr. Mohaqiq said.
Another major ally of Mr. Abdullah, Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi who runs as a candidate for a chief executive position, assured that no one will be allowed to disregard the rights of Afghan women in the peace process.
“We achieved good gains towards women’s rights over the past eighteen years. We are determined to safeguard these gains,” Mr. Ahadi said.