S/RES/2489 (2019), OPs 5(e), 5(f)) and add a new provision calling for gender to be a cross-cutting issue across the mandate of the mission. The Council should also:
- Call on the Government and its international partners to ensure efforts to prevent violent extremism do not undermine human rights or impede the ability of civil society, including women’s groups, to operate effectively.
- Add a provision to UNAMA’s mandate that calls on the mission to ensure women’s rights and gender equality is concretely embedded across the work of the Government, in line with the Government’s stated priorities, including in its implementation and financing of the 1325 National Action Plan (NAP) as well as broader relief efforts.
- Further call on UNAMA, as part of its efforts to support the implementation of CEDAW, to monitor violations against Afghan women and girls’ access to education, healthcare and employment outside the home, as well as violations against Afghan women seeking political office (CARE Intl., HRW, MSF).
- Add a provision to UNAMA’s mandate that calls on the mission to prioritize activities and efforts to promote women’s protection and participation, mirroring the request to prioritize child protection activities. These activities and efforts should include confidence-building measures between the Taliban, the Government and civil society, including women, and encompass gender-responsive services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and the COVID-19 pandemic (Amnesty Intl., CARE Intl., OCHA, Cordaid, HI, HRW, Women Enabled Intl.).
- Call on the Government and international partners to ensure that efforts to counter drug trafficking are grounded in gender analysis and are gender-sensitive in their implementation.
- Call on the Government and international partners to increase efforts to support women’s meaningful participation in all aspects of peace and security processes, to address the sustained violence against Afghan women leaders, activists, journalists, healthcare providers and human rights defenders (CEDAW/C/AFG/CO/1-2, Amnesty Intl.), and introduce mechanisms that empower women to oversee the long-term implementation of the peace agreement.
- Call on the Government to develop, in consultation with female members of the State Ministry of Peace Affairs, clear procedures to engage women in peace negotiations and conflict resolution efforts (CEDAW/C/AFG/CO/1-2) and to ensure that Afghan women from diverse groups are meaningfully participating in the peace process, including via various modalities such as direct participation, observer status, formal and informal consultative forums, inclusive commissions, problem-solving workshops, public decisionmaking and mass campaigns.
- Call on the Government and international partners to introduce a permanent and comprehensive country-wide ceasefire that adheres to the Joint Declaration and Agreement and upholds international human rights law.