By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The International Day of the Girl Child was marked at Zainab Cinema Hall of the Ministry of Women Affairs yesterday in Kabul.
In a ceremony held on this occasion with participation of deputy ministers of women affairs, information and culture, education, directors and advisors to the ministry of women affairs, school teachers and students and university lecturers and students, deputy minister of finance and administrative for women affairs Nabila Muslih spoke and said the International Day of the Girl Child was commemorated at a time when thousands of girls in the world and Afghanistan were suffering increasing violence due to poverty, illiteracy and discrimination.
“The history of Islam witnesses the advent of prominent examples as Khadija Kubra in trade and Ayesha Sediqa in teaching; therefore, girls as boys have equal rights and responsibilities and the families should send their daughters to school and avoid gender discrimination,” Muslih said, adding that the government is trying to work for the empowerment of girls through higher education and their participation in social, economic and cultural activities. In the ceremony, deputy minister of education Marjan Matin spoke and said the ministry of education was determined to launch learning programs in various levels in the country.
“More than 40 percent of school students are now girls, but more than 3.6 million children have no access to education in the country where 60 percent of them are girls,” Mrs. Matin said.
Afterwards, deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism for information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi delivered speech and said World Women Day has been marked in various countries of the world for the past 50 – 60 years, but in recent years, various countries including Afghanistan have celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child, praising the ministry of women affairs for holding such program on this occasion. “World countries have no other ways except investing on new generation including girls for their development and expansion,” Mustafavi added. It is worth mentioning that the International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.