Delegation of the European Union to Afghanistan

EU and Afghanistan for gender equality

08/03/2021 - 08:29

Afghan women and girls have made substantial gains over the past two decades. Today, 3.5 million Afghan girls are in school, representing around 40% of students, while women represent roughly a third of teachers in the country and are also increasingly becoming legislators, judges, doctors, civil servants, political, business and civil society leaders.

Yet, the path toward equality is long and Afghanistan is still one of the least gender equal countries, with women and girls especially exposed to discrimination.

Violence is one of the major obstacles to the realisation of eoen and girls' rights and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is still estimated that around 90 percent of all Afghan women have at some point experienced one form of physical, sexual or psychological violence.

On International Women’s Day, athletes, artists, actors, journalists and influencers from Afghanistan join the EU and its member states in raising their voice for gender equality in this film.

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