By: Masouda Qarizada
Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all. To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day (8 March), “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.
Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in all areas of life drives progress for everyone. Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making. In Afghanistan, despite of lots of problems and challenges, Afghan women have active part in various sectors. In their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent, a number of Afghan women say marking the International Women’s Day reminds all that women can play key role in sector.
“It is good that all men and women work together for the development of the country and implement what is codified about women’s rights so that ways are open for further development of the country,” said Zakia Ahmadi, a student of engineering faculty of Kabul University.
She said as an Afghan woman she has unfortunately faced with lots of challenges, adding that the country’s unpleasant custom and tradition have been parts of these challenges and fighting such thoughts was so difficult.
“The other challenges Afghan women are facing in Afghanistan are the increasing projects being implemented for women in the country by a number of women having also role in parliament, human rights and other organizations. These projects are implemented with the name of anti-violence against women, anti-early or forces marriages, women capacity building and others benefiting a small number of women not other women of the country,” Mrs. Ahmadi said.
She asked for launching training courses for the country’s women to build their capacity, making a particular mechanism toward ending violence against women as one in every three women were facing with violence in home and outside.
Safia Rahmati, a civil society activist says 8 March is a historic day for women particularly Afghan women as they have suffered increasing pains and facing challenges in social, economic and education sectors in the past 40 years. All human beings on the planet owe a great human feeling to women in every work and activity they are engaged in; Therefore, women should be respected. Women have been called life-builders because they have participated in each step of life since the beginning of their life. They have worked shoulder to shoulder with men in raising and educating their children to the utmost. She has always noticed the child.
Besides, women have shown heroism and devotion and proved that Afghan women as all other women of the world have the ability and bravery to work in all fields, prove their role in society and defend their rights mentioned in the country’s constitution.
International Women’s Day is marked this year amid of increasing legal deprivation Afghan women are facing in society as women are considered as second and most deprived part of society where they are facing with various violence and challenges.