May 19, 2015
In a ceremony at the High Peace Council headquarters Secretariat, both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance capacity building and woman participation in the peace.
At the ceremony, Mr. Mohammmad Masoom Stanekzai, Head of the Joint Secretariat of the HPC/APRP, underlined that women need to play a key role in the peace process. He emphasized that the empowerment of women and gender equality are a mutual endeavor of the United Nations Office for Women and the High Peace Council. Ms. Elzira Sagynbaeva, the head of UN WOMEN in Afghanistan, strongly concurred. She added that this cooperation will enhance capacity development within the HPC on issues of conflict resolution and peace building both in the capital and in provinces.
The cooperation envisions several projects to be completed until the end of 2015. Importantly, activities will draw on examples from other countries that have a history of successful peace and reconciliation processes with a gender perspective, such as those in Indonesia/Aceh, the Philippines and Nepal. While it comprises components targeted solely at female members of the HPC, there are other elements that focus on both man and women in order to create more gender sensitization in the field of peace building. Lastly, public outreach and awareness rising will play an important role in order to engage in a wider dialogue on gender and women’s issues in peace processes.