United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan announced yesterday that he has appointed as Thoraya Ahmed Obaid Executive Director of the UN Population Fund. Obaid, an American-educated Saudi woman, has led the Population Fundís division for the Arab nations and Europe since 1998, and has 25 years of experience in womenís issues and development. She participated in two high-level missions to Afghanistan, investigating the treatment of women under the brutal Taliban regime. The UN Population Fund, aimed at reducing population growth worldwide, has made the expansion of womenís rights a priority.
Media Resources: New York Times - October 26, 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. . . .