Members of the peace advisory jirga have said that one-fourth membership of the traditional gathering had been allocated for women. A day earlier, social and cultural organisations have asked for women participation in the upcoming peace jirga in the country.
A senior official of the jirga commission Najeebullah Amin told Pajhwok Afghan News besides the one-fourth participation, an exclusive 30-member women commission would also be a part of the jirga.
He said the organisers of the jirga believe that women have the right to take decisions for women during the jirga. He said the proposed 30-member group would be consisting of women recognised across the world.
If what Pajhwok is reporting is true, it represents a significant victory for grassroots activism by Afghan civil society, which has spent the past several months tirelessly lobbying the government to increase both the number and decision making role of women at the peace jirga.
But Kabul-based activists UN Dispatch spoke with about the report were skeptical, and declined to comment on the record. Some believed the quota story was just a rumor, and others hadn’t heard it yet.
A week after the original story was published on Pajhwok’s website, official confirmation was still unavailable, and Pajhwok remains the sole media outlet to have run the quota story.