By The SATimes News Service
Kabul: For the first time, Afghanistan has won a seat at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) for a four-year term.
The announcement was made by Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, reports TOLO News.
“AFG winning with the highest votes in the competitive CSW election today, represents a victory for the process started 19 years ago when, along with our international partners, we committed to the empowerment of our women. This is of a critical importance during our Peace Talks to demonstrate the new Afghanistan,” she said in a tweet.
Afghanistan received 39 votes to find a place at the prestigious body, which is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women globally.
India, Afghanistan and China were among the main contenders for winning the seat.
Even as India and Afghanistan won the ballot among the 54 members, China could not cross the half-way mark.
The CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The issue of women’s rights in Afghanistan is significant in negotiations between the current Afghan government and the Taliban aimed at bringing an end to conflict in the country.