Dear friends thank you for the opportunity to speak to yours today’s conference is about the empowerment of Afghan women but it is really about a prosperous future for all Afghans because women empowerment is not only a matter of human rights and social justice it is about development it is about human growth it is about fulfilling the potential of.

The country clear positive steps have been taken when it comes to gender equality and women’s rights in Afghanistan for example the beginning of this century less than 1.

Million Afghans could go to school and all of them were boys today over 3 million girls are in school and 1/5 of university students are women many are getting a job and contribute to the national economy but there is much more to be done Afghan women continue to face challenges in.

All walks of life and with elections coming up work.

Must also continue to increase women’s participation in political life at a time when prospects for peace in Afghanistan are.

Perhaps the most genuine in a generation women need to lead the way on the path towards reconciliation the European Union has always been and will continue to be the strongest supporter with all our means of women in Afghanistan and today I’m proud to announce a new 2 million euro program that will train and.

Women in Central Asia empowering them economically and making them.

More independent this program will in fact be one of trilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan Uzbekistan and Afghanistan the support of Afghanistan Central Asian neighbours is vital peace greater regional economic operation and connectivity will benefit all Afghans but also the wider region so I want to thank you all for your commitment towards Afghan women.

It is a commitment that we the European Union we share and a commitment towards a stronger base full and more just after Stan thank you.

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