The Ismaili Council for Afghanistan’s Women’s Committee hosted a multi-city event on 14 March 2019 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The programme brought together over 3,000 women and men to celebrate the role of women in society.

Over a number of years, the Women’s Committee has been making significant strides in the fields of women’s empowerment and gender equality. This has resulted in numerous examples of successful women improving their living conditions, and supporting others to do so.

The Jamat in Afghanistan celebrated International Women’s Day in Kabul, and four regions in the north of the country; Baghlan, Samangan, Mazar e Sharif, and Badakhshan. Exhibitions of women’s drawings, paintings, and handicrafts raised awareness of the artistic talent, and small business acumen of women in the community. Creating and selling art and handicrafts generates income for women, thus reducing dependance, and imparting dignity.

The celebration also raised awareness of universal values, and the rights of all individuals, especially women in society, at local, national, and international levels.

President of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan, Mir Ahmad Joyenda delivered speeches on the importance of compassion, fairness, and justice in Islam, and called for all attendees to focus on education as a means to empowerment.

The events were attended by members of the Jamat, including female leaders of Jamati and AKDN institutions.