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More than in many other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately hurt Afghanistan’s women and girls, who already have been disproportionately hurt by four decades of war, poverty, prejudice and lack of education and security.
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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...
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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...
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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. 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...
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The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers. As part of her first visit to Afghanistan, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka took part in a graduation event with almost 50 young...
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Rayhan Alem, 22-year-old native of Badakhsan Province in Afghanistan’s far northeast, has wanted to be a midwife since she was a teenager and a neighbor died giving birth. She graduated from the Midwifery Institute of Higher Education in Kabul in early 2015, but without any work experience, she couldn’t find a job as a midwife in any of Kabul’s maternity hospitals. Now she is preparing for her career by doing an internship at Ali Seena Hospital in Kabul...
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First Lady and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court have backed efforts to increase the number of female judges in the country and promote women’s access to justice. They and other officials voiced their support as the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) held its third General Assembly and Conference on 24-25 April, with technical and financial support from UN Women Afghanistan. AWJA’s mission is to increase the numbers of female...
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People joining the HeForShe Campaign, including some who walked for hours to get to the venue, said Muslims have a religious duty to respect women and protect them from violence. Government officials, members of civil society groups, religious leaders, and members of the public attended the 25 April launch of UN Women’s HeforShe campaign at the conference hall in Kapisa Province, in Afghanistan’s northeast. Kapisa was the 11th province of Aghanistan in which...
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In 2001, her own relatives tried to discourage her when she decided to support herself by teaching other women how to read and write. She continued teaching, however, and with some savings in hand, organized the first-ever exhibition for both women and men saffron producers in ...
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The Afghan National Olympic Committee has joined UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, adding an influential voice to efforts to secure women’s rights in the country. The committee officially signed up at a 25 January ceremony in Kabul organized with the support of UN Women. It was attended by nearly 200 men, women and youths – most of them athletes -- who pledged support for HeForShe. HeForShe is a global campaign that enlists...
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UN Women Afghanistan officially launched the HeForShe Campaign in Afghanistan on 16 June 2015. In order to localize this global campaign, the slogan “A Brave Man Stands for Women” was selected to influence the Afghan socio-dynamics of men-women relationships. The objective of this slogan is to acknowledge the challenge in surmounting those ingrained traditions, which are...
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On 08 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, UN Women’s Afghanistan Country Office, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts-Afghanistan, organized a one- day photo and painting exhibition featuring female and male Afghan artists. All UN staff in Kabul were invited. Under the theme “Empowering Women; Empowering Humanity” the exhibition aimed to bring together UN staff celebrating International Women’s Day, while offering them insights into...
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This year, International Women’s Day in Afghanistan was celebrated on Thursday 5th of March in Kabul. Under the theme “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity” hundreds of women and men including Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, and Bibi Gul Ghani, the First Lady, attended...
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From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”
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Opinion piece by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
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The first UN agency theme song “One Woman” was launched during a United Nations-sponsored event linked to the observance of International Women’s Day in Afghanistan.
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An 11 member core group constituted for South Asia for the first time to take on the task of engendering peace and security in the region.
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Kabul, October 2011: UN Women, in close collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women Affairs and with support from the Government of Japan, is launching projects in six provinces to further strengthen efforts to end violence against women and girls.
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Women peace activists from South Asia urge the United Nations to improve the participation of women in peace building processes.
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Kabul, July 2011: Women represent almost 28 percent of Afghanistan’s National Parliament, 9 percent higher than the world’s average of women in parliament.To further the participation of women in decision-making processes, the Afghanistan National Parliament has committed to establishing a resource centre for women parliamentarians on its premises this month in Kabul with support from UN Women.The Resource Centre for Women Parliamentarians (RCWP) aims to enhance the capacity, technical and institutional knowledge, and public communication skills of elected women officials so that they are better prepared to include women’s voices and perspectives effectively in national development and reconstruction plans for their country.