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UNICEF and UNIFEM discussion on peace-building role of Afghan women

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NEW YORK, USA, 9 March 2010 More than eight years after the fall of the Taliban regime, the women of Afghanistan still face enormous challenges. Perhaps the most daunting of these are the continuing violence and insecurity that disproportionately impede women's access to essential rights and services for themselves and their children.

Because they are so directly affected by the problem of conflict in Afghanistan, women must be an integral part of the solution. This was the consensus view at a recent panel discussion on Afghan women's participation in peace-building.

UNICEF and UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, co-sponsored the discussion, which took place at UNICEF headquarters on 5 March. It was held as a side event to last week's 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

In this video, Afghan Women's Network Coordinator Afifa Azim discusses the importance of gender equality as a security issue in her country.

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