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Message on the Occasion of the International Women’s Day

Vienna, 08.03.2016

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes to congratulate all women on the occasion of the 2016 International Women’s Day. As women across the world celebrate this day, the women of Afghanistan look back on progress made and look forward to continuing their efforts towards sustainable peace, stability and development, with a view to enjoy their full rights and to actively participate in all spheres of society.

The women of Afghanistan have made great strides over the past 14 years in re-establishing their rights, including with the adoption of the constitution of Afghanistan in 2004, which highlights women’s rights as a main element and stipulates equality and access to justice for all citizens. The establishment of various institutions as well as the adoption of a number of laws and policies in support of women’s rights and women’s empowerment, have resulted in women’s increased access to education, justice and health services, as well as political participation and economic opportunities. While challenges still exist, the Government of Afghanistan is committed to continuing efforts towards the full realization of women’s rights and paving the way for unlocking their full potential in support of sustainable stability and development in the country.

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