Afghanistan passes law to write mother’s name on identity card

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Sep, 2020. 12:34 am
Afghanistan passes law to write mother's name on identity card

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree into law that will now include the name of the mother on every Afghan citizen’s identity card.

In Afghanistan, human rights organizations and volunteers campaigned in the country to write the mother’s name on children’s ID cards, and before that only the father’s name was written on the ID card.

According to details, the process of approval from the parliament was delayed, but soon after the approval, President Ashraf Ghani signed the amendment into law.

A campaign was launched under the name ‘Where Is My Name’ so that women’s names could be written on the identity cards because using women’s names in public is considered a place of shame It is addressed by referring to the tree.

Not only that, but women’s names are not usually written on documents, wedding invitations and even graves.

During the ‘Where Is My Name’ campaign, a large number of people identified themselves by their mother’s name, and the movement emerged from Afghanistan within three years and became an international campaign.

Expressing happiness over the success and the amendment to the identity card, Lala Usmani, the spirit of the movement, said that there was no doubt that this success was the result of our constant struggle and harmony between the people and the campaigners.

The Afghan Cabinet’s Legal Affairs Committee called it a major achievement, saying the move to write women’s names on ID cards was a major step towards realizing gender equality and women’s rights.

In a statement, Human Rights Watch also praised the move, saying it would have a significant impact on practical life, including access to education, health and passports for women, and access to documents for their children.

The law comes as peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives continue in Qatar.

Many women have expressed concern that their rights may not be taken away again during negotiations with the Taliban and called on negotiators to respect their rights during peace talks.

It should be noted that the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s, had strictly enforced strict Sharia law, which restricted women’s access to education and activities outside the home.

The situation for women in the country has improved since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, but despite women’s rights in urban areas, problems remain in remote and rural areas.

According to Voice of America, the day the law was passed on Thursday, the same day the US embassy in Kabul issued a warning to US citizens that extremists were planning to target women.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had no intention of carrying out such an attack.

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