"Our tireless advocacy for the last few weeks paid off."
"We want justice and respect for women."
"It is a travesty this is happening. It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women."
Candidates for Afghanistan's upcoming April election kicked off their presidential campaigns on Sunday.
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief in Afghanistan.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014.
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement that will help determine the role of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan post-2014.
The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014.
Of the presidential candidates, one is a woman, Khadija Ghaznawi. Each presidential candidate is running with two vice presidents, at least seven of whom are women.