AMBASSADOR SOROOSH PARTICIPATED AND SPOKE IN AN EVENT ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN

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OTTAWA: DECEMBER 6, 2023

On December 06, 2023, Ambassador Hassan Soroosh participated and spoke in an event on women’s rights in Afghanistan which was organized by the Afghan Women Parliamentarians and Leaders Network (AWPLN) in Ottawa.

Ambassador Soroosh spoke about the tragic situation of women and girls in Afghanistan and referred to the increasing calls both nationally and internationally for the recognition and criminalization of gender apartheid in the case of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Soroosh stated that Afghan women and girls should be given the opportunity to participate in all decision-making processes that have an impact on their lives including in the international meetings on Afghanistan. Referring to the recent assessment conducted by the United Nations, he reiterated that Afghan women need to be given the opportunity to share their concerns and observations on this document and to be meaningfully involved in the relevant mechanisms and processes.

He also stressed the importance of greater international support for women’s rights activists and women-led initiatives inside Afghanistan.

Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness for the previous support provided by Canada as one of the largest donors to Afghanistan to many important areas including education, women’s empowerment, and health sector as well as for the ongoing resettlement, humanitarian and advocacy support for Afghanistan.

Other speakers and panelists included members of Parliament and high-ranking officials for the government of Canada, international activists, community leaders, former Afghan MPs and civil society activists from the Afghan diaspora community.

On December 07, 2023, the Embassy hosted a breakfast reception for the Toronto-based participants of the said event where Ambassador Soroosh thanked the AWPLN leadership and participants of the event for their continued commitment and engagement in support of Afghan women and girls.

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