Thousands of women filled the streets of Washington, D.C. on Sunday to participate in the 2000 World March of Women, protesting against global poverty, violence against women and sex discrimination. The March, organized by the National Organization for Women, included a march past the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund buildings where activists cried, “Shame, Shame, Shame,” and demanded debt relief and an end to world economic policies that destroy the poor, especially women and children in developing nations. After the March, feminist leaders, including NOW president, Patricia Ireland and Feminist Majority president, Eleanor Smeal, rallied activists, saying “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Speakers urged participants to elect candidates to office who would fight to protect abortion rights and gay rights and who would help bring an end domestic violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, and gender apartheid in Afghanistan.
Media Resources: Associated Press – October 15, 2000; Feminist Majority Foundation – October 15, 2000; Washington Post – October 16, 2000
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .