Publish dateMonday 10 March 2008 - 10:32
Story Code : 36384
Afghan women face discrimination
Despite some progress in the lives of Afghan women, violence against Afghan women still remains endemic, a UN statement has said.
Despite some progress in the lives of Afghan women, violence against Afghan women still remains endemic, a UN statement has said. Hundreds of Afghans joined the United Nations at events across the country to call for greater investment in Afghanistan's women and girls as the world prepared to mark International Women's Day on March 8. In the Afghan capital, women and children streamed into Kabul's women's garden to mark the day with a UN agency fair and a film show highlighting the daily realities of the lives of the war-torn country's women and children. In the southern city of Kandahar hundreds of women marched for peace while women from the north of the country toured provincial capitals holding public meetings on "Giving Women Voices," with the participation of the provincial governors, women's councils, local police, judges and religious leaders. According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), women represent 27 per cent of the National Assembly in Afghanistan and account for 25.9 per cent of all civil servants. Only 38 per cent of women in Afghanistan are economically active, and women receive on average only one third the wages earned by men. One woman in Afghanistan dies every 29 minutes due to reproductive health related complications, and the average life expectancy for women is only 44.
 
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