International Women’s Day

Afghan Star Leads Celebration of Women’s Day at UN Compound in Kabul

Date: 12 March 2017

Kabul Afghanistan — On March 12, the United Nations organized a series of exciting events that brought together hundreds of staff working at its premises in Kabul, in a celebration to mark International Women’s Day.

Photo: UNDP Afghanistan/Ajmal Sherzai

The UN Gender Working Group and Communications group together took the lead on the initiative, Deputy Representative of the Secretary General to Afghanistan, launched the celebration with a speech highlighting the UN’s commitment to gender equality and empowering women in urban and rural Afghanistan. She then officially inaugurated a dedicated women’s space at the UN compound that will offer a safe and relaxed environment for women to congregate.

Deputy Representative of the Secretary General to Afghanistan. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan/Ajmal Sherzai

Addressing a large gathering of UN staff, Ms. Kardel highlighted the contribution women make in Afghan society, including the many hours of unpaid work they do. She also called on all staff to stand up for each other in support of women in the workplace.

“We have to ensure that there is an end to harassment and belittling of women.”

Toby Lanzer, UN Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General. Photo: UNOCA

The speech was followed later in the afternoon by a performance of wushu, a modern form of Chinese martial arts, by a team of young Afghan women. The climax of the event was when Aryana Sayeed, a famous Afghan singer, appeared on stage to sing some of her most famous hits.

The celebration ended with a closing address by Toby Lanzer, the new UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General. His message was simple: “we must practice the empowerment of women and girls every single day.”

 

 

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Afghan Star Leads Celebration of Women’s Day at UN Compound in Kabul
Photo: UNDP Afghanistan/Ajmal Sherzai