Afghan Women Taking Action in Business

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (ILO News) – Afghans have been immersed in a conflict that has affected every aspect of their ordinary lives. For Khalida Yaqobi, the conflict has been an obstacle, not an obstruction. After graduating in engineering from Balkh University, she secretly studied English at a time when women seeking an education risked being executed by the Taliban. “I was studying English in a private house, without textbooks or notebooks, going in a burqa to a hidden English … [Read more...]

NOW Talks with Sally Armstrong Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DRAKE UNDERGOUND presents ... NOW Talks with Sally Armstrong, MAR 6, 2013 - 7 pm (doors open 6:15) event ends 9 pm Join NOW Senior Entertainment editor, author and feminist commentator Susan G. Cole in conversation with the celebrated and accomplished Sally Armstrong. Susan was born in Toronto and has her bachelor's degree from Harvard. As an activist, she's been active in the gay community for over 25 years, and was a member of the first lesbian political organization in Toronto. … [Read more...]

Karen McCrimmon – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™   is elated to Celebrate the Life of one our world's women leaders, a woman that has devoted her whole life to service. This powerhouse has risen in the Canadian Armed Forces to top leadership, traveled the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, in efforts to bring peace and safety to those that she journeyed with. As one of our world's peace keepers, this Canadian woman leader says to the world: "Canada is a big hearted, open minded, generous and courageous … [Read more...]

Eve Ensler – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is inspired to Celebrate the Life of one of our world's most active women on this planet. Rising above her own challenges in youth, and through all the actions of her life, she has grown into a true power of example for all women to  unite globally and become strong so to Take Action, Rise Up and Stop Violence Against Women. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely … [Read more...]

Afghanistan – WFP Provides Nutritional Support to Kuchi Women

With their brightly-coloured clothes and facial tattoos, Kuchi women from the traditional nomads of Afghanistan stand out in a sea of burkas. But the nutritional challenges these women face are similar to those of all Afghan women. KANDAHAR - At a health center in Kandahar city, a mass of women in burkas wait to receive food from WFP on a sunny day in January. Against the backdrop of faded green, blue and beige burkas, one group of women stands out, dressed in brightly-colored dresses … [Read more...]

Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai

  Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai   January 11, 2013 At the invitation of President Obama, President Karzai and his delegation visited Washington January 8-11, 2013. President Karzai’s visit comes at an important juncture for both our nations, as we take steps to further strengthen an enduring partnership as sovereign nations, and based upon recognition of our shared interests and shared security. In their meetings today, President Obama and President … [Read more...]

Afghanistan, project zeroes in on gender inequality

THE AFGHAN MINISTER OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS, HUSSN BANU GHAZANFAR, AND UNDP'S ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR, REBECA GRYNSPAN, SIGN A NEW GENDER EQUALITY PROJECT, KABUL. (PHOTO: UNDP) Kabul — On a two-day visit to Afghanistan this week, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan launched a US$ 30 million project to promote gender equality by improving access to legal services and economic opportunities for women as well as strengthening the Government’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ efforts to improve … [Read more...]

President Karzai and President Obama Speak on Telephone

November 14, 2012 President Karzai and President Obama Speak on Telephone KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation this evening, Afghanistan time. President Obama telephoned President Karzai to thank him for his congratulatory message and wishes on his re-election. President Karzai, who has just returned from official trips to Indonesia and India, reiterated his congratulations to President Obama on his victory and wished him … [Read more...]

UNDP offers six-point plan to fast-track women in politics, Asia-Pacific

UNDP THAILAND/MARK S. COGAN | ABC JOURNALIST HELEN BROWN MODERATES A DISCUSSION OF PROMINENT POLITICAL ACTORS SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON WHY THE PUSH FOR POLITICAL EQUALITY IN ASIA LANGUISHES BEHIND OTHER REGIONS. BANGKOK — It will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved in Asia-Pacific national legislatures if the increase in women’s participation in parliaments remains at the current pace, says a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released this week. Economic progress will be … [Read more...]

Foundation for Afghanistan Holds Its Inaugural Dinner and Award Ceremony

WASHINGTON, DC - September 12, 2012: The Foundation for Afghanistan will hold its Inaugural Dinner and Award Ceremony at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. to further support Afghans to fully materialize their potential and take the responsibility of rebuilding a stable, pluralistic society. Founder and chairman of the Foundation, former Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad, will host the event. His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, … [Read more...]

INCEST is more rampant than one knows…Take Action!

Does INCEST strip the INNOCENCE of a CHILD?   That is the Question .... The problem is that this information is rarely tracked by third world countries. In developed nations, the case of sexual abuse, will always be naturally under reported. In the case of consensual incest, the topic is still taboo, but due to the nature of consent, we have a better picture.   High Incest Activity Countries That is a hard question to answer. Several countries share the spot for … [Read more...]

Afghanistan: PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS Program 2012

    The Embassy of Afghanistan shows support for female Afghan graduates of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS leadership development program   WASHINGTON, DC—Ambassador Hakimi and Mrs. Hakimi welcomed eight Afghan women participating in the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS Program and their program coordinators to the Embassy for a congratulatory dinner on Monday, July 23 and then attended their program presentation and graduation on Tuesday at the International Women’s Economic Summit. … [Read more...]

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