Ambassador Karokhail participated in “Unfinished Business: The Ottawa Treaty at 20” Panel Discussion

Ambassador Karokhail participated in “Unfinished Business: The Ottawa Treaty at 20” Panel Discussion

Ottawa, December 4, 2017- The discussion was hosted by Mine Action Canada, the HALO Trust, Handicap International, ICBL, Canadian Landmine Foundation, Canadian Red Cross and ICRC. The discussion aimed to discuss how mines affect women and girls differently than boys and men and explored ways mine action can empower women.
Her Excellency Shinkai Karokhail spoke about the importance of mine action in Afghanistan and noted that it should be one of the top priorities of the International Community to assist Afghanistan in overcoming eradicating Anti Personnel Landmines. The Ambassador further noted that as Afghanistan is still one of the top three countries with the highest number of Landmines, it is of utmost importance to provide the country with assistance in increasing public awareness and facilitating rehabilitation opportunities for the victims of landmines.
The Ambassador noted that The Ottawa Treaty and Canada’s New Development Principles of “Serving Women and Girls First” would pave a proper policy direction framework to attract more attention and mobilize more resources to address the mine victims with attention to women and girls. Victims recovery, awareness raising, skills promotion as well as the direct role of women in girls in mine action activities, could be the means for addressing the needs of women and girl’s victims and ensure their future socioeconomic well-being.
The panel discussion also provided insights from women from mine-affected countries and Canadian Members of Parliament.