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In the words of Palwasha Hassan: “The time is now to transform that suffering into our strength”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Palwasha Hassan is a mobilizer who fought for the rights of women to be enshrined in Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution. She is an advisor at the country’s High Peace Council (which is tasked with negotiating with elements of the Taliban), and also the Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC). She has been a political and women’s rights activist since her early youth, volunteering with a women’s movement in 1995... More

In the words of Halima Askari: “Our victory is our unity”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Halima Askari became the first woman head of the Provincial Council in Afghanistan’s conservative Wardak province in 2017. She is part of a new generation of women leaders who, little by little, are pushing for the transformation of governance. She ran for national Parliament this year and is awaiting the results. Regardless of the election results, Askari is determined to continue serving her community and advocating for girls... More

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change

Monday, November 12, 2018

“I feel so proud of my work. So proud of being part of a movement that helps women like me who have survived violence,” says Tabasum Bahar*, eyes flashing with the conviction forged by surviving a painful past. “The women I train want to be independent. We don’t... More

In the words of Justice Anisa Rasooli: “Not all women in Afghanistan are women in blue burqas begging…we can be the best engineers, doctors, judges, teachers”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Justice Anisa Rasooli was recently appointed as the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. She has been a powerful advocate for bringing more women into judicial positions, including as a leader of the Afghan Women Judges Association, an organization supported by UN Women. Serving for 23 years in the judicial system, Justice Rasooli can remember when stigma against going to a judicial institution was so great that most women would not do so, even to register a marriage. Today, rates of violence against... More

Provincial officials visit the one-stop survivors’ centre to study ways to stop violence against women

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Author: Zohra Baig and Anam Abbas Multan, Pakistan — Ten senior provincial Government officials have gained new ideas about how to stop violence against women and girls after visiting a centre helping female survivors of all forms of violence. UN Women arranged the exposure visit to promote the sharing of lessons and experiences in efforts to end the violence. The officials from Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab Provinces visited the Violence against Women Centre in... More

In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. Indonesia has successfully championed... More

In the words of Deeba Ayubi: “I am fighting a good fight and it's worth the sacrifice.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deeba Ayubi, 27, is a women’s rights activist and defense lawyer with UN Women’s partner organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which protects and supports survivors of violence. Ayubi is passionate about helping women and girls achieve a life free from all forms of violence, and dreams of becoming a judge. Even as a kid, I wanted to become a judge. My father would call me ‘Judge Deeba’. Before his death... More

From Where I stand… “I grow stronger every day”

Monday, May 14, 2018

One survivor of domestic violence in Afghanistan tells how she was able to heal, regain her independence, and help other survivors. Razia Shafaq (not her real name) has come a long way since she arrived at the Women’s Protection Centre in Afghanistan covered in bruises and burns suffered at the hands of her husband and his family. Since then, she has been able to learn a trade, finish her schooling, and has started mentoring other survivors. She tells her story... ... More

“I needed to learn to lead myself before I could lead others” — an Afghan women’s rights leader talks about UN Women’s leadership training

Monday, April 23, 2018

Shukuria Hashimi has been with the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for 17 years, where she was appointed planning and policy manager in 2013, and recently started mentoring women graduate recruits. She is also the founder of the country’s Association of Women in Public Service. Hashimi shared her thoughts about a training course by UN Women she attended, on Transformational Leadership and Management for Women in the Afghan Civil Service... More

16 Days of Activism Kickoff Event in Afghanistan

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Government, civil society activists and representatives from international community gathered at the Ministry of Women Affairs to celebrate the launch of International Day to end violence, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan. H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, National Unity Government said that "it is important to ensure an enabling environment for women to work in the security sector. We have to create the needed space and environment that can be trusted". Dr. Abdullah praised the efforts made to empower Afghan women since the fall of Taliban in 2001 but also acknowledged that the current string of violence against women and girls is not tolerable... More

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