Members of Network of Civil Society Institutions of Kunduz province convened to discuss amendment to the statement of the network, establishment of working committees, appointment of a new director, as well the deputy of a secretary of the network.
The special meeting was held on the 28th of Feb. 2013, in Mediothek Kunuduz, and around 55 members of civil society institutions, media, and representative of UNAMA participated in the meeting.
The main objective of the gathering was to discuss amendments to the statement of the network, establishment of working committees, appointment of a director for the periodic directorship, as well his/her deputy and secretary.
The coordinator of Mediothek Kunduz and the current periodic director of the civil society network, Mr. Abdullah Rasully spoke about the achievements and challenges of the network and presented a comprehensive report about the activities of the network from the time of its establishment till now.
Mr. Rasully added “the network plays a crucial role in fighting violence, violation of human rights, strengthening rule of law, as well as combating injustice, corruption in governmental and none governmental organizations, and supporting good governance through advocacy programs.”
He went on saying “It is very crucial for civil society institutions and networks to work in coordination and harmony and team up in working for the development of media, culture of democracy, strengthening freedom of expression and campaigning against corruption.”
Civil society institutions will be most effective if they work in collaboration and coordination with each other, and the Network of Civil Society Participation of Kunduz is dedicated to achieving this goal, added Mr. Abdullah Rasully.
Director of Peace Window for Women an institute working on peace and women rights issues Muslimah Wajibi read the newly amended statement of the network, the statement is the result of numerous meetings and consultations of civil society institutions and representatives. The new statement was approved by majority votes of participants.
Mohammad Saber Yousufi, poet, writer and director of World View Social and Cultural Foundation talked about the role of civil society, history of civil society and significance of civil society.
Mr. Yousufi added: “Civil society is a part of the government and our society; it is a democratically structured entity, on the one hand it can support the government and governmental institutions to adhere of democratic values and rule of law and on the other hand it can exercise pressure in encouraging administrative reform and rule of law.”
Mr. Yousufi also introduced the working committees.
Bases on the socio-cultural needs, nine different committees were established, here are the names of the committees:
- Committee for culture, media and sport
- Committee for education
- Committee for advocacy and watchdog
- Committee of child rights and gender balance
- Committee on civic education
- Committee of environmental protection
- Committee of conflict resolution
- Committee of civil and media services
- Committee of communication and coordination with national and international agencies
The current director of the network, Abdullah Rasully was once again elected with a majority of vote the director of the network, Muslimah Wajibi as the deputy and Ghulam Haider Haider as the secretary of the network. The election takes place once a year and a new chairman, hi/her deputy and a secretary are chosen in every election.
The network of the civil society was established on 20th of April of 2008, back then 21 institutes were members of the network, but now the members have reached 55 in number.