Embassy Recognizes International Women's Day

Embassy of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C (March 08, 2012) - Every year on International Women’s Day, Afghan women, with women from across the globe, celebrate their achievements, reflect on their challenges, and share their desire for a better future for their country and the world.

Thanks to the continued support of the international community, and the efforts made by the Government of Afghanistan in the past ten years, Afghanistan today is a reflection of extraordinary changes in the lives of Afghan women.

Since late 2001, the Government of Afghanistan has worked to strengthen the country’s legal and institutional framework to protect and promote women’s rights. These efforts have created an enabling environment for women to enjoy greater opportunities and more rights in political, social and economic life.

To celebrate International Women’s Day Ambassador Eklil Hakimi attended the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, where Honorable Maryam Durani, Kandahar Provincial Council Member, received an award. Ms. Durani represents the tremendous strength of Afghan women and the success that they have achieved in the last decade.

The Ambassador’s wife, Sultana Hakimi, also recognized International Women’s Day, by leading an important discussion on women’s rights, which was organized by USAID.

The Embassy of Afghanistan congratulates Ms. Durani and all the women in Afghanistan, and around the world, on this important day.
We hope that the international community will continue to support the Government of Afghanistan as we work to ensure women’s rights and promote empowerment.