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International Women's Day Celebration in Afghanistan International Women's Day Celebration in Afghanistan
by Katherine Carmichael
2010-03-14 09:45:43
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All across eastern Afghanistan International Security Assistance Forces, Afghan national security forces, as well as Afghan women, and provincial government officials gathered to prepare beforehand and to celebrate women's day March 8.

The day before the celebration, ISAF service members patrolled the streets of Sharana District in Paktika province while dropping off women and children's clothes, shoes and toys in preparation for International Women's day events, held the following day at the Director of Women's Affairs compound in the district.

The Laghman province, the director of Women's Affairs, Hanifa Safi, hosted a celebration for Women's Day as well as gave a speech regarding the value of women and equal rights between the genders. The event brought hundreds of women together at the Women's Affairs Garden in the province.
   
The provincial leadership will continue to support women's events and seek opportunities to recognize successful women in community. Stressing their importance in society, the Laghman provincial governor encouraged women to keep pressing forward and welcomed any issues and concerns they have.
   
The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team's female engagement team attended a shura on International Women's Day, in the Nengarach village in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province.
   
Nooristani, an engineer from the Do Ab District and one of Nuristan's most successful women, planned the shura to celebrate women's rights and equality in the light of Islam. The shura provided an opportunity to build unity among women, Nuristan's tribes, the Afghan government officials, and coalition forces.
   
The shura was also an opportunity to speak to others about the civic duty people have to protect those who deliver aid and implement development projects in Nuristan province.
   
Many women and young girls, the village Maliks, Afghan government officials and the Nuristan female engagement team attended the shura.
   
In Logar province, more than 100 Afghan women gathered to celebrate the International Women's Day at the Pul-E-Alam Women's Center.
   
The event attracted women from several districts with diverse backgrounds. Some women were key speakers and inspired others of the continual progress made so far, while others supported the availability of more training programs and educational opportunities for women.
   
The celebration was attended by the Logar provincial governor, Lodin and the director of women's affairs, Najiba.
   
Also in Logar province, Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Shank had the opportunity to meet with Afghanistan's only serving female general, Gen. Mohammadzai Khatol, during a visit to celebrate the special day.
   
As the highest ranking woman in Afghanistan's air force and the only female paratrooper, Khatol shared her story with the Soldiers and continued to push more opportunities for Afghan women.

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Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team members, U.S. Army Sgt. David Carr, front, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Cardona deliver women and children's clothes, shoes and toys March 7 to support the International Women's Day program that was held the following day at the director of Women's Affairs compound in Sharana. Both members are on a one year deployment from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard. Paktika PRT is a joint team whose mission is to help legitimize the government of Afghanistan through development, governance and agricultural initiatives. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

 

 

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Afghan national army Gen. Mohammadzai Khatol, Afghanistan's only serving female general and paratrooper, celebrates womens day with fellow soldiers at a forward operating base March 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds of women from Laghman listen to the speakers for the Women's Day Ceremony March 8 in which the director of Women's Affairs for Laghman province, hosted at the Women's Affairs Garden. The Laghman province governor encouraged women to keep pressing forward and welcomed any issues or concerns they have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Gen.Khatol Mohammadzai, the first female parachutist and general in the Afghan national army, celebrates Women's International Day with female Soldiers, March 8. During Mohammadzai's visit, she was dubbed the honorary title of "Sky Soldier," and she offered encouraging words to women serving in the military.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liza Nooristani, an engineer from the Do Ab District, speaks to a reporter during a shura celebrating International Women's Day in the Nengarach village of eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, March 8. The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team's female engagement team attended the shura held by Nooristani to celebrate women's rights and equality in the light of Islam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Director of Women's Economic Development in Kapisa province, Suohailla Kohistani, speaks with women at the DAIL headquarters area during the International Women's Day celebration in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, March 7. The Kentucky Agri-business Development Team's Women's Empowerment Program coordinator, U.S. Army Sgt. Jo Lisa Ashley, was also present for the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Gul Andama, center, director of Women's Affairs for Paktika province, speaks through an interpreter to Trevor Boyd, right, senior Department of State representative for Paktika PRT, thanking him for more than 1,000 pounds of women's and children's clothing, toys and bolts of cloth to be distributed during the International Women's Day festivities March 8 at the director of Women's Affairs compound in Sharana. Female representatives of the PRT also discussed the current conditions of women, including education in a very traditional Pashtunwali province. Following the delivery of supplies, Gul Andama signed a contract codifying a recently-approved contract providing vocational training to 30 Afghan women in Paktika province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

 


    
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