By: Lailuma Noori
March 8 is International Women’s Day. The United Nations announced the day as International Women’s Day in 1975. Following this announcement, UNESCO recognized the day as International Women’s Day in 1977. Now every March 8, International Women’s Day is recognized globally as a day for acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and political achievements women have made for past years long. It’s also a reminder that we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equity and taking action matters.
Marking this historic day worldwide is an example of women’s unity in international level. The day is important for women as they are mark it jointly with men in one queue to get their rights and feel as united to reach their goals. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.
In Afghanistan, International Women’s Day is marked every year in government and private institutions, but marking the day in other countries is different. Despite of continued efforts in connection with implementation and improvement of women rights by national and international organizations in the past two decades, violence against women is a big problem in Afghan society, showing that the unpleasant tradition and custom has remained unchanged in the country.
Afghan women are still under pressures of the unpleasant tradition. Almost political systems have made effort to keep social pressures on women in the country. Violence against women, early and forced marriages, beating, sexual harassment, suicide incidents and other types of violence against women have unprecedentedly increased in recent years in Afghanistan.
It is good that there are a large number of women working in the country’s parliament and provincial councils as well as government institutions, but it is not enough to address increasing problems and challenges Afghan women are facing in the country.
We should not forget that Afghan women have risen from ashes of smoke and are now working hard side to side to men for the development of the country. Providing facility for the participation of women in various sector is the government main responsibility and a serious need.
Afghan women are the real victim of the ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan as they are killed or members of their families are killed.
As the women can further perceive the negative impacts of the continued war, their role is key in ongoing peace process.
If the women rights are not considered in the intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban, social justice won’t be implemented in the country.