The Jakarta Post
Rula Ghani (AFP)Afghanistan has recently been closely engaging with Indonesia to share the latter’s experiences in peace building, building on diversity and pluralism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. The Jakarta Post’s Tama Salim spoke with Afghanistan’s First Lady, Rula Ghani, also known as Bibi Gul, on the role of women in advocating for peace. Here are excerpts of the interview.
Question: In your advocacy of women in peace, you talk a lot about strengthening the role of women in the family. How does this affect peace in society?
Answer: If I talk about the family, it’s because I’m convinced that the family is the main element in a society. Family has the role of a support group. When you go to the West, they keep telling you that you need to keep your own network of support; in case something goes wrong [...] you have people who help you. In ou...