Women rally in Kabul for social justice
The rally was organised on the eve of International Women's Day by the Afghan Women's Network, the country's largest umbrella organisation of human rights groups, at Kabul University.
Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans in support of their demands, hundreds of women from different walks of life attended the rally.
"We want justice, "It is government's responsibility to give women their Islamic and human rights" were some of the slogans chanted by participants.
Shehla Samim, one of the demonstrators, holding a banner that read "we want justice," told Pajhwok Afghan News International Women's Day had been symbolically marked over the past nine years. Nothing had been done practically for women's welfare, she complained.
"The celebration of Women's Day is confined to gatherings, slogans and seminars, which don't help overcome violence against females," she said.
Shehla said they decided not to hold any gathering this time and opted to seek their rights and convey their demands to the government and the international community through a peaceful demonstration.
A human rights activist, Surriya Subhrang, said the theme for this year's International Women's Day was "equal access to education, training and science and technology.
But the Afghan women named the theme as "legal action against perpetrators of violence against women," she said.
At the end, participants issued a declaration, asking the government to ensure women their due rights.
It said women should be provided at least 30 percent share in civilian services. The resolution said women should be appointed as cabinet ministers for education, labour, rural development, information and culture, besides the women affairs and public health.
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