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Declaration of Solidarity with Brussels Proclamation, Parallel Session
5 December 2001
In solidarity with the Afghan women gathered in Brussels December 4-5th,
women’s rights activists from Belgium, Croatia, France, India, Italy,
Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Tajikistan,
Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States met in parallel
session in Brussels to formulate support strategies for the implementation
of the Brussels Proclamation issued by the Afghan Women’s Summit.
A number of initiatives were devised by this group, which included
activists from war-torn countries, artists, lawyers, funders and a
parliamentarian. Also working with the group were the Gender Advisor to
UN Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNIFEM.
The group was deeply moved and inspired by the clarity and brilliance of
the Brussels Proclamation and the vision of Afghan Women for the future of
their country. In support of this vision, the group made the following
- To undertake an advocacy campaign to ensure that the funds allocated by
the international community for the reconstruction of Afghanistan are
conditional on (i) the participation by women in decision-making over the
granting of the funds; (ii) the inclusion of women’s non-governmental
organizations among recipients of the funds; and (iii) the use of the
funds for implementation of the priorities outlined in the Brussels
- To declare on International Women’s Day 2002 that for women "Afghanistan
is Everywhere", which means that we are joined in solidarity with the
women of Afghanistan not only because we all identify with their suffering but also because we understand that the same conditions of violence,
oppression, invisibility and other forms of inequality that plagued
Afghanistan are universal. We will use March 8th to mobilize a worldwide
demand for the implementation of the Brussels Proclamation issued by the
Afghan Women’s Summit.
- To create an international task force of women’s rights lawyers with
particular expertise in drafting legislation and constitutional law.
- To provide political support to the Ministry of Women created by the
Bonn Agreement, and to undertake efforts to foster voter education and the
participation by women in elections.
- To coordinate a funding effort to support grassroots community
initiatives by and for women in Afghanistan and neighboring countries,
which will make available at least $1 million over the next three years.
- To promote United Nations recruitment of women for employment in the
various agencies within the UN system operating in Afghanistan and
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