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Ensuring free and fair elections and
access to voting in 2014 for all Afghan women

Sabato 17 Novembre 2012


In a week of meetings in Rome, a delegation of Afghan civil society called for Italian concrete commitments even after the withdrawal of the troops. Especially for Afghan women.

To ensure a serious monitoring of the forthcoming Afghan elections in 2014 and especially monitoring the access of women to the polls. A project that is not assigned to the Afghan government but to civil society organizations, to ensure a transparent and democratic electoral process in every stage. This is one of the proposals that Afghan and Italian civil society did yesterday to undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs,Staffan De Mistura at the end of a week of meetings with national institutions and members of the Italian Parliament.

To finance the project, the Afghan civil society committee and the Italian network "Afgana" called the Ministry for International Cooperation and Integration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to establish a collective fund (Joint Cooperation Fund of civil society ) for civil society.

Mr. De Mistura said that "the most effective way to contribute to the continuity of attention and funding from the international community is to focus on and support the rights of Afghan women, to support the creation of a house civil society and to involve Afghan women in the monitoring of the electoral process”.

In formal meetings, the delegation expressed concerns about Afghanistan future after 2014. They asked Italian government to monitor the transparency of the 'work of the Afghan national institutions, through monitoring and reporting their political and social activities. They also called for a specific intervention within the justice system, to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Afghan civil society has expressed its support for two initiatives proposed by the Afgana network:

1)the "30% Campaign": for every euro saved with the withdrawal of military troops (currently about 4,000 soldiers who should be covered by 2014) 30 cents must be reinvested in social development, the fight against poverty, for the reinforcement of civil society in Afghanistan.

2) to build a "House of civil society" in Kabul, to "physically" express the political presence of the Afghan civil society. Italian Parliament has already expressed agreemnt on the project to involve Italian government.

The delegation was invited by the project "Afghanistan: training and support to Afghan civil society in the process of reconstruction and national reconciliation and the establishment of a House of civil society in Kabul", co-funded by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by ARCS in partnership with NGOs AIDOS, NEXUS and OXFAM ITALY.

Afgana (www.afgana.org) is an informal network of associations, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, academics and citizens founded in Rome in 2007.



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