A First as Afghanistan Wins Seat at UN Women’s Commission

Afghanistan recently secured a seat in the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, a first for the country. The commission promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Afghanistan’s UN representative Adela Raz fought hard for the seat and celebrated the victory tweeting that the seat “represents a victory for the process started 19 years ago when, along with our international partners, we committed to the empowerment of women.” 

She went on to emphasize this seat’s importance during the country’s peace talks currently taking place between the government and the Taliban. Women are concerned with the Taliban’s presence, as they have a history of limiting women’s progress towards gaining rights.  

Director of Afghanistan’s Film Directorate and Filmmaker Sahraa Karimi acknowledged Raz’s hard work in winning the seat, stating to Al Jazeera, “The position she has won is very important, God willing she will be able to use this opportunity to further highlight the issues of Afghan women, to increase their visibility at a time when we are in peace negotiations and we need to defend our rights.”

Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, also spoke to Al Jazeera saying, “Afghan women are not only shaping the future of Afghanistan and their meaningful role but also will demonstrate their potential globally.”

Afghanistan has been a member of the UN since 1946, and this is their first time winning a seat on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. They will occupy the seat for the term 2021-2025.

The Realist Woman’s take:

This is a great news story for the women of Afghanistan. This is a move that can have a great and progressive impact on the lives of women in the country. I just published a story about women in Afghanistan now being able to have their names on the national ID cards of their children.  

Women in Afghanistan are reclaiming who they are and are looking for their future to include more opportunities for women than ever before. They are concerned with how the peace talks will play out but the world is watching, and with this seat on the UN women’s commission, hopefully, the country will want to portray a society that values women.