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Conference on basic principles for meaningful participation of women and youth in the 2019 elections

According to the 2014 report by Afghanistan's Central Statistics Organization 48.8% of the Afghan population are women. In the 2015 election report of FEFA also indicated that 11% of provincial council candidates and 16.21% in the 2018 Wolesi Jirga elections were women. FEFA has tried to find out about the presence of women in the political arena by setting up consultative meetings and group discussions. "In Afghanistan’s 2018 Wolesi Jirga elections, the problems that women faced include delay in the opening of polling centers, voter list problems, the late delivery of sensitive materials to polling centers and polling stations, poor biometric systems, lack of security, low level of women's awareness about their citizenship rights, the remoteness of polling centers, the proxy voting of men instead of women in a lower percentage and the lack of separate centers for voting for women." The program participants recalled a number of factors that understated the presence of women. In addition, FEFA discussed youth political participation by launching group discussions and discourses with youth and college students at universities, launching surveys to identify successful young figure of the year that the youth have played a key role in the last election and entered the process with a new worldview and as a candidate with higher standards they have entered the electoral campaign, but there are still many problems with the political participation of youth such as: Illiteracy and lack of higher education, financial problems, insecurity, drug addiction, unemployment. After conducting and facilitating consultation meetings to increase the women and youths` opportunity and role in future elections and political participations, FEFA arranged the general principles which are outlined in this report.

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2/15/2019

Date

70

Total Participents

1 day

Duration

Kabul

Location

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