Women’s rights were one of the topics of discussion on February 4, 2014 when five of Afghanistan’s presidential candidates met for the first televised debate. Here's what they said.
Several candidates have expressed strong, positive attitudes towards protecting women's rights.
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"We want justice and respect for women."
Citing meager wages, dangerous working conditions, and exploitative work practices, Miller called on the apparel industry to do more to improve working conditions and support the human rights of workers at garment factories in Bangladesh. "If they don't," Miller said, "their clothing labels may as well read: 'made with violence against women.'"
"We believe there should be a stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex."
"National ownership, leadership and responsibility are absolutely essential if we are to protect women and girls, but also men and boys, from these barbaric crimes."
"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.