Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially appointed Habiba Sorabi as minister for women’s affairs today, replacing Dr. Sima Samar who will head the country’s human rights commission. Sorabi is a pharmacist and women’s rights activist, who returned to Afghanistan after she fled to Pakistan following the Taliban takeover.
Sorabi is the third woman to be appointed to an official position in Afghanistan’s new transitional government - she will serve along with Mahboba Hoqooqmal, who had earlier been named as the women’s affairs minister but will instead serve in the more junior position of minister of state for women’s affairs, and Suhaila Seddiqi, named for public health minister.
The Feminist Majority believes that while these appointments represent a step forward for Afghan women, there is still much to be done. “We are glad to see that women will be taking an active role in the Afghan government,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Now more funds need to be provided for the Women’s Affairs Ministry to help women achieve the full equality they deserve.”
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. . . .