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Happy International Women’s Day!

On a daily basis Afghan girls and women make extraordinary contributions across all fields of human endeavour, including business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting and governance in Afghanistan

Summary: On International Women’s Day 2018, the Embassy hosted a reception to recognise some of the brave women who are pioneers of equality in the UK- Afghan diaspora.

International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the significant gains made by women around the world and to recognise those who made those gains possible. In the wake of social media campaigns such as #MeToo, #PressForProgress and #TimesUp, the Embassy thus hosted a networking reception, hoping to aid in transforming the momentum into action by offering a platform for those working relentlessly for equality in Afghanistan and in the UK.

Speaking at the event, Diplomat Homira Dashti emphasised that the equal participation of women in maintaining and in promoting peace have been given top-priority by the Embassy’s newly established Women’s Group. “As a UN member state, we are committed to observing the principles of the UN Charter, international treaties and UNSCRs, especially those on women’s rights. This is also reflected in the newly released Peace Plan by the National Unity Government of Afghanistan”, Diplomat Homira Dashti said. “The status of Afghan women and Afghan girls has improved significantly since 2001, making it possible to participate more fully in public and in political life in Afghanistan”.

This was supported by Mrs. Shamim Jawad who thanked UK NGOs for their vital contributions to Afghan society through their charities, advocacy groups and developmental projects. “You are saving and improving the lives of millions of Afghans by supporting democratic institutions and enhancing access to education and healthcare for our citizens, especially women and children”, Mrs. Shamim Jawad said. She also stressed the importance of continuing the social media grassroots movements in Afghanistan to end all forms of harassment: “through education and advocacy, Afghan women and Afghan girls will be able to realise their full potential and to build a more equal society.”

 

Read “Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security 2015-2022”

Link: https://unama.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/wps-afghanistan_national_action_plan_1325_0.pdf

 

Read the full transcript of Mrs. Shamim Jawad’s speech at International Women’s Day 2018.