Manizha Bakhtari
Ambassador, Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna
Manizha Bakhtari

Women must be given the opportunity to partake in all levels of leadership in order to establish peace, tranquility, justice and equality. In order to do this, leaders must tap into the extensive and vital networks of female leaders, which most countries have. Once accessed, these networks can provide women the ability to offer unique perspectives and methods of solving national and international issues. This is particularly important, as change can only be achieved when it is accompanied with decision-making power.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

I commit to mentoring one young female student from Afghanistan to offer her guidance and education and career related counselling, to help her build a professional network of support and giving her relevant insight into international politics and diplomacy.
I am strongly committed to closely cooperate with colleagues, women and men, at other Permanent Missions, at the Vienna-based organizations, civil society organizations and similar counterparts and stakeholders to advocate for the protection and realization of the equal rights of women and girls, including through highlighting the importance of gender equality and women’s rights in national statements, interventions, meetings, resolutions, declarations and in all forms of media, where appropriate.