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CALL FOR SIGNATURES TO SUPPORT AFGHANISTAN WOMEN VOICES IN DECIDING AFGHAN FUTURE

 

Letter for full representation of Afghan Women at the Bonn Conference in December 2011, which will discuss the future of Afghanistan.

 

URGENT - Please send sign on by NOVEMBER 19 to:

ngocsw.geneva@hotmail.com or lbr@ifuw.org>

 

FULL 2-PAGE STATEMENT IS ATTACHED.

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Dear All,

This letter concerns an initiative supporting the full representation of Afghan Women at the Bonn Conference in December 2011, which will discuss the future of Afghanistan.  A delegation of Afghan women visiting Geneva recently met with IFUW and other organizations to voice their concerns that no or very few women would be represented in the official Afghan delegation to this Conference.   They asked for the support of Geneva and international NGOs.

IFUW initiated its own campaign with letters to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Guido Westerwelle and to the Ambassador of Afghanistan in Germany Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashraf, among others. In addition IFUW asked its members to lobby their national governments to bring pressure for a strong representation of Afghan women, inclusion of women's issues on the agenda, and full representation of women in their own national delegations to this meeting.

The NGO CSW Geneva has joined this initiative and has already sent letters to the UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights asking them to use their influence for these ends.

NGO CSW Geneva is now asking for your support in signing the attached position statement, signed by Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, NGO CSW President, which will also be sent to the German Foreign Minister and the Afghan Ambassador to Germany.

Action is needed urgently.   NGOs wishing to sign should send their endorsement to
ngocsw.geneva@hotmail.com or lbr@ifuw.org by Saturday 19 November 2011.

Wed be very appreciative of being kept informed of any efforts you may make so as to be able to coordinate globally.

Thank you so much for your concern and support,

Arielle Wagenknecht
IFUW Representative