On behalf of my colleagues here at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, I would like to offer my best wishes to you all on International women’s day.
On this important day, which strongly reminds us of persisting deficiencies in terms of gender equality, gender parity and the elimination of discrimination and violence against women, we see a remarkable unity among women across the globe, speaking with one voice and demanding our rights. Most importantly, we also watch many men joining us. At the same time, there is a wide range of issues to be tackled, today and on all other days of the year, ranging from child marriage, sexual abuse and harassment, female genital mutilation and femicide, to equal rights, equal representation and equal pay.
I and the entire delegation of Afghanistan in Vienna will contribute to the empowerment of women, addressing existing disparities and working towards gender equality. We will seize each and every opportunity to closely co-operate with colleagues, men and women, to advance women’s rights and to tackle violence against women. We will not shy away from making any effort to inspire and convince men and women about the advantages, necessity and justness of gender equality and parity, as pre-requisite for peace and security, development, human rights, prosperity and well-being for all, also against the background of the SDGs.
Let us express our hope that we all can use this important day to generate momentum towards realization of what should be normalcy: an equal status of men and women.