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International Women's Day Celebration in Afghanistan

 

 Image of women in Afghanistan participating in events for International Women's Day
Women in Afghanistan participated in events on International Women's Day on March 8 to increase awareness on gender equality and issues they face in their local communities. 

International Women's Day, March 8, is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world when women come together and exercise their voice of solidarity, advocating peace, equity, equality, and human rights. The celebration of International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to increase awareness of gender equality and issues that are facing their local communities including how they could play a greater role in making changes in their own lives and contribute the sustainable development of Afghanistan.

 

Child Fund AfghanistanFamily Support Program conducted celebrations of the International Women’s Day – 2008, by organizing series of events and activities in the villages of three provinces Baghlan, Kunduz and Takhar.  The child wellbeing committees and family support groups prepared programs which included gatherings, speeches, performing dramas, singing songs, reciting poems, distributing leaflets, brochures and calendars with the information and messages on the importance of education for women and girls and reducing violence against women and girls. 

The focus of the celebrations was to change people’s stereotypes of gender as it relates to women's education.  The participation of men and their speeches made women feel supported by men in the communities and encouraged them to claim their rights.     

The performances by women and girls were the testament to the fact that today’s Afghan women and girls realize the social and cultural problems they face in their communities and are making efforts to combat these problems and make changes in their lives.