Story of 7 women who fought for rights narrated
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The story of seven women, who survived threats to their lives while campaigning for women's rights, was narrated at a gathering held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Saturday.
Arranged by Sweden, the gathering under the title "seven" was attended by provincial heads of women's affairs departments of northern provinces, women's rights and civil society activists.
Swedish civilian representative in the north, Henrik Hollin, who narrated stories of seven women from as many countries, said the aim was to enable Afghan women to find ways on how to achieve their rights.
He said the seven women belonged to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Russia, Ireland, Guatemala, Holland and Pakistan. From Afghanistan, the story of Farisha Azizi, was read out. Azizi faced a lot of problems after she raised her voice for women rights during the Taliban regime.
She currently lives with her two children in the US, where she has been granted political asylum and is an active women's rights activist in Afghanistan.
Sar-i-Pul Women's Affairs Director Nasima Arzo said such events could help women realize their rights in Afghanistan. She said women in her province were faced with many problems like the lack of health and education facilities, besides security threats.
Arzo said there were a lot of women facing the same situation like Farishta Azizi if they were looked for in villages.
Deputy governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said Afghan women had themselves to fight for their rights, praising Sweden's efforts at creating awareness among Afghan women about their rights.
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