For the first time in history, Afghanistan has been elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Afghanistan was approved as a member of the commission for a four-year term, starting in 2021.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The 54-member ECOSOC, holding the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray.
Afghanistan with 39 votes and India with 38 votes won the election while China with 27 votes lost.
Afghan Ambassador at UN, Adela Raz said that Afghanistan winning with the highest votes represents a victory for the process started 19 years ago when, along with its international partners, Afghanistan committed to the empowerment of women. She said that this is of a “critical importance” during the peace talks to demonstrate the new Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and India will join Argentina, Austria, Dominican Republic, Israel, Latvia, Nigeria, Turkey and Zambia, which were elected by acclamation, to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term beginning from 2021-2025.