Afghan women celebrate International Family Day

The crucial role of women in families was highlighted at a Bayan II event on 15 May, the International Family Day. The event was organised by partner organisation Afghan Women and Children Organisation (DSAWCO) by opening the discussions on the role of women in families. At this occasion many families that lived apart were united and Family photos sessions were organised to promote women`s presence in Afghan family photos. Program included interactive activities engaging male family members on taking their responsibilities within the family, equality in gender, and children’s rights and their notion about family unit in contemporary Afghanistan.

The event drew particular attention to the importance of women in the family and community. An open panel discussion followed about family and youth, which drew attention to the importance of family units and the necessity of a gender-equal society accepting women`s inclusion at all levels in Afghan society..

The Bayan II project – Inclusive Governance and Improved Security through Policy Influencing in Afghanistan is a consortium with Gender Concerns, two Dutch and seven Afghan partner organisations supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

The two-year project aims to link national policy influencing to concerns such as inclusive security and political participation of Afghan women. Project activities focus on leveraging public outreach and awareness platforms; policy influence and advocacy; and awareness on an international level in Europe and in New York at the United Nations.

Gender Concerns looks forward to coordinating and hosting Bayan II´s upcoming international activities in Europe both in The Hague and at the European Parliament in Brussels. Stay tuned to follow Bayan II activities in our newsletter, and check out the upcoming Bayan II website.