“We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together.”
"Women are half of the population, whose opinions and needs must be taken into account."
“We, as women and girls, deserve better.”
“As long as I am alive, I will wake up every single day and scream to the world that FGM is wrong and child marriage is not different from rape.”
“I feel happy that I can contribute to my family’s well-being.”
“Your choice can make a difference. Just like me, helping as a chef at the forefront of the crisis response.”
If you missed our virtual discussion, you can watch it here.
The theme for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023 (IWD 2023) is, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
Since February 24, more than 600,000 Ukrainians, a vast majority of whom are women and girls, have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries. At least 160,000 people have been internally displaced across Ukraine amid frigid winter temperatures. These numbers are expected to increase significantly within the current context, which will reverse the important progress made on gender equality and women’s rights in Ukraine as well as in neighboring countries.
From where I stand: “If women are not part of decision-making processes… all the achievements we made would vanish”
Naheed Farid was among many women leaders who left Afghanistan, fearing for their lives, as the Taliban took over in August 2021. Farid spoke at the UN recently, calling for international support to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and to safeguard women’s rights.