Afghan civil society has become remarkably strong and self-confident over the last years. It is impressive how much power and sovereignty my male and female counterparts here in Kabul show. It is necessary to further support the efforts of Afghan human rights activists. Women’s rights are a priority for them.
We have to support these civilian human rights activists to allow for a free and fair Afghanistan to become a reality.
Western countries understand security in a way that is solely military security. We should not forget that human security also includes societal factors. Protection through police or military is for example not a driving force for an improvement of the situation for women’s education. Also a guardian at the entrance of the university campus who makes discriminating comments means insecurity and oppression for women.
The encouragement of civil structures should be at least as important for us as building-up the police and the military.
The statement has been translated into English by HBS-Afghanistan.
- This statement in also available in German
- The original statement is available on the homepage of Tom Koenigs (in German)