Afghan Women's Radio Launched on International Women's Day
The first Afghan radio station for women, “The Voice of Afghan Women,” began broadcasting in Kabul to commemorate International Women’s Day. According to the Associated Press, Jamila Muhahed, the director of the radio station, said “the programs will focus on women – the problems they face and how they can find solutions for them.” The radio station is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and the French group AINA.
International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout the world, with events ranging from protests to educational gatherings. In Zimbabwe, at the same time President Robert Mugabe lowered customs duties on tampons and sanitary napkins to mark International Women’s Day, women protesting the government’s violations of women’s rights were beaten and arrested, according to This Day. In Ahmedabad, India, more than 200 women gathered carrying posters with messages such as “Peace for Empowerment, Empowerment for Peace,” according to Ahmedabad News. Women protested the crime of acid attacks against women in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim women gathered at the Islamic Center of Long Island in New York to talk about what it means to be a Muslim woman in the United States after September 11. They hoped that their talks would rid of the stereotypes that are often made about Muslim women, according to Newsday.
Media Resources: Associated Press 3/9/03; Newsday 3/10/03; The Canberra Times 3/10/03; Ahmedabad Newsline 3/8/03; This Day 3/9/03; The Star 3/10/03
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. . . .