Afghan authorities says mom’s identify can go on beginning certificates

Kabul, September 3

The Afghan authorities has accepted a proposal to place moms’ names on their kids’s beginning certificates, in a uncommon win for girls’s rights activists within the deeply conservative nation.

Campaigners have for years pushed for girls to be named on official paperwork, together with kids’s beginning certificates, which like Afghan identification paperwork carry solely the identify of an individual’s father, beneath the hashtag #Whereismyname.

But they’ve confronted opposition within the conservative and patriarchal Muslim nation, the place some see even utilizing a girl’s identify as offensive.

A lady’s identify usually doesn’t seem on the invitation to her wedding ceremony — solely these of her father and husband-to-be and even on her grave.

This week the cupboard’s authorized affairs committee, headed by Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, agreed to a proposal to vary the legislation and permit the names of each mother and father.

“The decision to include the mother’s name in the ID card is a big step towards gender equality and the realisation of women’s rights,” Danish’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.

The authorized modification nonetheless wants approval from the nation’s male-dominated parliament and should then be signed off by the President.

It was drafted by Naheed Farid, an impartial lawmaker who chairs the parliamentary fee on ladies’s affairs, and different MPs to be introduced to the home after its summer season break ends on September 21.

The transfer got here because the Afghan authorities ready for talks with the Taliban following a US peace take care of the militants signed in February.

Many Afghan ladies fear that deal doesn’t safeguard their rights, and concern {that a} US troop withdrawal and the re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghan politics might destroy their hard-won positive aspects, from schooling to freedom of motion.

The Taliban enforced a strict interpretation of Islamic legislation that included public lashings, flogging and stonings.

Under their rule from 1996 to 2001, Afghan ladies have been obliged to cowl their faces and couldn’t examine, work or go away the home and not using a male family member.

The group has mentioned it might enable ladies to be educated and employed however throughout the limits of Islamic legislation and Afghan tradition.

On Thursday, Mawlawi Qalam Uddin, the previous head of the ethical police through the Taliban period, referred to as the proposed change a “Western plan”.

“This plan has come from America and Europe. Nobody can force this plan on the people of Afghanistan,” he instructed a press convention in Kabul.

Marian Sama, a ladies’s rights activist and member of the decrease home of parliament, instructed the Thomson Reuters Foundation that whereas the cupboard approval was “just the beginning”, she was hopeful it might quickly turn into legislation.

“We realise it is considered a taboo in our traditional society and there will certainly be obstacles in getting the draft law approved but I believe that a tireless struggle can lead us to this change and beyond,” she mentioned. Reuters

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