Afghan Women’s Ministry Leads International Women’s Day Events
From March 5-7, 60 women participants in the Afghan Women’s Consultation held meetings hosted by the Afghan Women’s Ministry in cooperation with United Nations agencies and the Afghan Interim Authority. Inaugurated by Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr Sima Samar, the talks addressed the need for women’s decision-making roles in security, women’s rights, education, health, political participation, need for representation, protection, governance, economic security, and employment. Dr. Samar stressed the importance of the right to vote for women, and argued that ensuring security includes ensuring that women and girls can life safely and in dignity. The Afghan Women’s Consultation marked the first step in ensuring women’s and girls equality and full participation in the future of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Women’s Consultation will present a series of recommendations for women’s full and equal participation in reconstituting and rebuilding Afghanistan to a gathering of hundreds of women in the capitol city, Kabul, in the first official Afghan celebration of International Women’s Day in 11 years on MArch 8. Under the theme “Afghan Women Today: Reality and Opportunity,” Minister of Women’s Affiars Dr. Sima Samar, the Chairman of the Interim Authority Hamid Karzai, and UN Secretatry-General’s Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi will address the gathering.
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. . . .