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AUAF Students Meet Head of UNAMA in Afghanistan on Global Open Day

On October 5th, 2015, students of the American University of Afghanistan were invited by the Head of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Global Open Day. Six students including AUAF Student Government Association (SGA) members and AUAF staff members attended the discussion held at UNAMA office in Kabul which was hosted by Mr. Nicholas Haysom, United Nations’ Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of UNAMA in Afghanistan.

Launched in 2010 to mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security, Global Open Days provide a forum for dialogue between UN senior leadership and women’s civil society worldwide on the implementation of Resolution 1325. In Afghanistan, Global Open Day organized by the UN proved instrumental to assess progress and obstacles to the protection of Afghan women and girls and their participation in national politics, peace, and security processes.

 This year, UNAMA conducted nine Global Open Days across the country and one event in Kabul with AUAF.  The Event promoted dialogue between Mr. Haysom and students in general about women's rights and women social participation and in particular about Women's role in the peace councils and processes across the globe.

“Women can be present in peace process either directly or indirectly but they must be part of the peace process," said Mr. Nicholas. “Security council adopted this resolution [Resolution 1325] to enrich women’s say in the peace processes."

Students had the opportunity to have a question/answer session with Mr. Nicolas on women's role in civil society. The observations stemming from consultations feed into UNAMA’s advocacy efforts with various national and international stakeholders.