A summer discovering the rights of Afghan women

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Farida first became a part of the InterestEng. family 6 years ago when she could barely speak a full sentence in English.  (Her native language is Dari.) She’s now is now starting her second year at a very prestigious university in the U.S. and spending her summers back in Afghanistan using her talents and determination to help her country. She is a re- markable young woman—something that says much about the true character that is Afghanistan. We are extremely grateful to Farida for letting us publish the following.
 

THIS summer I was busy organizing and developing LOYA PEACE (League of Young Afghans for Peace) with the support of AGFAF (Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund) and the help of my Afghan team. Through LOYA, students from various high schools around Kabul, including students from the Blind School of Kabul, got to learn about the current peace process and the role of youth and women in this process. Our participants came from different backgrounds and held different views as suchsome believing there is no need for women to participate in the peace process of Afghanistan, while the majority of the students believed that sustainable peace is not attainable without the active participation of women. At the LOYA conference, we were excited to discuss the topic of peace and come up with a resolu- tion that reflects the demands of young Afghans and allows their voices to be heard in the peace talks. 


     To learn more about our work and the opinions of young Afghans on the peace process, follow us on Face
book (LOYA for PEACE) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/LAforpeace).        

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Farida

     Editor’s Note:  As part of the preparation for the summer conference, Farida versed herself in the following Afghan Constitutional Rights, which we thought InterestEng. readers would truly be interested in.

Constitutional Rights —

Article Twenty-Two:  Any kind of discrimination and distinction between citizens of Afghanistan shall be forbidden. The citizens of Afghanistan, man and woman, have equal rights and duties before the law. 

Article Thirty-Three:  The citizens of Afghanistan shall have the right to elect and be elected. The conditions of exercising this right shall be regulated by law. 

Article Forty-Three:  Education is the right of all citizens of Afghanistan, which shall be offered up to the B.A. level in the state educational institutes free of charge by the state. To expand balanced education as well as to provide mandatory intermediate education through- out Afghanistan, the state shall design and implement effective programs and prepare the ground for teaching mother tongues in areas where they are spoken.  

Article Fifty-Five:  Defending the country shall be the duty of all citizens of Afghanistan. Conditions for compulsory military service shall be regulated by law. 

     International laws such as article 1325 of the UNAMA give Afghan women the right to take part in peace building in the country. 

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