Hundreds of women and girls took to the streets in Kabul to demand the right to work, the right to education, and the right to political representation. The women, led by Saraya Parlika, Chairwoman of the General Coalition of Women, a 100-member human rights organization formed in secret in 1996, abandoned their burqas to march to the United Nations office. The march, however, was cut short by the Northern Alliance, which claimed that the march may have posed security issues. The women though were undaunted and vowed to march again next week.
On the same day, about sixty women in Herat met with Ismail Khan, the new self-proclaimed governor general of the region, to demand the that educational facilities for girls be reopened and that women’s rights be reinstated immediately. Sina Karamzedeh, a young Afghan woman explained, “We want to be free when we go to school. We don’t want to wear the burqa.” Khan has declared his support of women’s rights and girls’ education, but the Afghan women have yet to see results. Schools are still closed and not enough money has been allocated to rebuild girls’ schools destroyed by the Taliban. The meeting with Khan resulted in the creation of a committee of five women responsible for urging women’s rights.
Media Resources: New York Times, 11/21/01; Reuters, 11/20/01
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. . . .