KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for women’s presence at government, saying violence against women was a crime, opposite to national, humanistic values and would not be tolerated at any level.
President Ghani made the remarks at a gathering marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at Presidential Palace, his office said in a statement.
The statement quoted Ghani as saying: “While growing up in pre-war Afghanistan, violence against women was an unknown phenomenon to us. Unfortunately, it has become a maniac to haunt our women over the past 40 years of conflict.”
He said a majority of women who were in need of help from law enforcement and prosecutors had been in provinces, not in Kabul.
In order to incentivize recruitment of more female prosecutors and attorneys in provinces, President Ghani pledged 30 percent extra pay if women choose to work in provinces.
Ghani also conferred the State Medal of Malalai on Seena Shia Mansoor, deputy attorney general for elimination of violence against women and Sayyed Jamaluddin Afghan Medal on Farid Hamidi for his efforts to eradicate violence against women through prosecution and law enforcement, the statement said.
Two years ago, female staff consisted only three percent of Attorney General Office (AGO) and provincial offices, but this year it has risen to 20 percent. The AGO investigated over 10,000 cases of violence against women and ensured increase access of women in justice.
Ghani stressed the need for women’s presence in the government and said the government was committed to close the gender gap. He announced appointment of a female deputy minister for policy at Ministry of Interior.
At the end, he reiterated that the government was taking the sexual abuse allegations in Afghan Football Federation seriously. “We will not tolerate any kind of sexual offense against women,” he added. (Pajhwok)