The Afghan president apologized to the women for the comments he made about the traditional veil.
On Saturday, Ashraf Ghani responded to claims that some government officials have links to the so-called Islamic State. He said that people should provide evidence or use a handkerchief on a woman's head.
It provoked violent reactions from people who considered the comments as badist.
Subsequently, Mr. Ghani apologized to the women who were offended and said that his comments had been misinterpreted.
In a statement, the Afghan presidential palace said: The president is a very prominent advocate of women's rights and has taken unique steps to strengthen and preserve his position since his tenure as president of Afghanistan. "
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He said Mr. Ghani's use of the word" Chaadar ", scarf on English, had been misinterpreted.
It is "a common saying that never intends to offend the place of great value of women in the country," he added.
By Suhrab Sirat, BBC Persian
President Ghani received great applause from the audience after finishing his comments on the traditional handkerchief, but a day later he apologized to the women in Afghanistan.
Many believed that Ghani was suggesting that his critics should become women , inferring inferiority.
Civil society activists took to social networks to demand that the president apologize for their comments, and some government officials, including women parliamentarians, also reacted angrily. 659007] The important context is that Afghanistan is a majority Muslim nation with the majority of women wearing headscarves.
Free Women Writers, an organization that supports women writers in Afghanistan, issued a response to Mr. Ghani's comments on Facebook.
"Who can be the hope for Afghan women when their president thinks that being a woman and being a woman is shameful," they said.
Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan parliamentary woman, tweeted to say she was "proud to wear" her scarf. "
Mr. Ghani was sworn in as Afghan president in 2014, pledging to address the issue of corruption as a priority.
Previously he had been the country's finance minister, an academic in the US, and worked for the World Bank.