AWEC in collaboration with SALAH consortium and The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organized a half day event in Serena Kabul to launch “A house divided: Can Afghan elites resolve their differences in the pursuit of peace? ” paper presented by Authors Ms. Palwasha Hassan and Mr. Mirwais Wardak. The paper launch was followed by panel discussions. The panelist and moderators were renowned subject matter experts that included former ambassador to Pakistan and China Mosazai’ former minister of mines and Petroleum, and former Deputy Minster MFA Zaman, former Minster Defense Asey, Dr.Azizi and young Afghan economist and political analyst Idrees Rahmani who joined the discussion from long distance.
This report examines the range of views held by key members of the Afghan political elite about future prospects for peace, how these views compare to those held by civil society and women rights activists, and how they might be consolidated into a coherent platform in order to enable a common voice in negotiations with
the Taliban. The report draws on 20 qualitative, semi-structured, in-depth interviews with representative from across the political
spectrum and civil society in Afghanistan (six of whom were women)carried out in Kabul between mid-December 2019 and mid-February
According to our interviews, both pro-government elites and opposition leaders share the opinion that the Afghan constitution of 2004 can be altered if it offers an opportunity to bring
peace to the country.
Afghan civil society at large is concerned with the seeming willingness on the part of some of its allies in the International Community to allow achievements made in the past two decades, benefitting the Afghanpopulation at large, to be sacrificed.
Afghan women have so far not been fully recognized or engaged as stakeholders or participants in the current peace talks, women ‘peace-makers’, women’s groups and female leaders all across Afghanistan have been playing key roles in conflict resolution at local, provincial and national levels through their meaningful contribution to the development of new models of peacebuilding.
Palwasha Hassan Executive Director Afghan Women's Educational Center with Ambassador Khalilzad regarding US lead Afghan peace and women participation and raising women concern and aspirations for a sustainable peace in the country. The event has been facilitated by Afghan Women Network (AWN).
Geneva Conference on Afghanistan
Sustainable development is more needed than ever where poverty is rising, drought, and man-made disaster making living conditions for all Afghan hardship!
AWEC is a non-profit women led national organization, established in 1991. AWEC focuses on reducing vulnerability and building capacities among marginalized communities with special focus on women and children. AWEC’s first project after establishment was starting a high school to provide education for the Afghan refugee children in Islamabad, Pakistan in the year 1991. This school was started with community contributions as a primary school and after delivering quality services to the Afghan refugees children the community requested the schools developed to high school.
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