H.E. Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs, and H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, today participated in a panel on “Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding,” hosted jointly by the Afghan Mission, UNICEF and UNIFEM. In addition to Minister Ghazanfar and Ambassador Tanin, the panel included Ambassador Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues.
Ambassador Tanin, in his opening remarks, highlighted the important work of UNICEF and UNIFEM in many areas, including in improving female literacy, education for girls, and women’s health. He emphasized that without the development of Afghanistan’s women, a healthy, stable state would be impossible to achieve.
Minister Ghazanfar, in her statement, outlined the progress made by Afghanistan in ensuring the health, education and rights of women, but also highlighted the remaining obstacles, including poverty and insecurity, that continue to hobble the progress of women.
The panel came at the end of Minister Ghazanfar’s visit to New York as head of the Afghan Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women. On Tuesday, 2 March she delivered a statement to the plenary of CSW. On Thursday, 4 March, the Minister and Ambassador Tanin participated in a roundtable discussion on Afghan Women and the Media, organized by the US-Afghan Women’s Council and the Paley Center for Media, which focused on the importance of a free media in Afghanistan and a focused, balance coverage of Afghanistan from the Western media. Finally, in the evening on 4 March, Ambassador Tanin and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan hosted a reception in honor of the visit of the high-level delegation, led by Minister Ghazanfar.