London’s Chatham House presents 2017 Survey of the Afghan People

London, January 19, 2018 — Earlier this week, The Asia Foundation’s Abdullah Ahmadzai, country representative for Afghanistan and Tabasum Akseer, director of Survey and Research in Afghanistan were invited to present the 2017 Survey of the Afghan People at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent policy institute based in London. The discussion was chaired by Hameed Hakimi, research associate for the Asia Programme and Europe Programme at Chatham House. Audio from the presentation is available here.

The timely discussion examined the national mood in Afghanistan and long-term prospects for the country’s future. Changing attitudes emerge amid the escalation of attacks in Afghanistan and underscore the crucial questions of security, economic stability, and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan Women Pessimistic on Peace Talks with Taliban

For a war-torn country like Afghanistan, where a fresh wave of Taliban attacks in the last month alone left scores of civilians dead and the capital still grieving, renewing peace negotiations with anti-government groups seems like it would be welcome news. However, that depends on who you ask, and where you sit at the negotiation table writes Mohammad Shoaib Haidary

According to The Asia Foundation’s latest Survey of the Afghan People, fewer than half (47%) of Afghan women believe that peace with the Taliban is possible, compared to nearly 60 percent of men. Not surprisingly, the survey also reveals that women are more likely (77%) than men (68%) to experience fear when encountering Taliban.

Fear for personal safety and security has increased significantly among Afghan women over the last four years: from 65 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in 2017. Women who reported they always fear for their safety and security are more likely to report that peace with the Taliban is impossible (55%) compared to those who reported they never experience fear (43%).

While the reasons for the rise in pessimism range, they can likely be attributed to the drawdown of foreign troops, and with it, a greater sense of insecurity, and the simultaneous resurgence of Taliban power across the country. A recent BBC study found that Taliban fighters now threaten 70 percent of the country. When the Northern Province of Kunduz fell to the Taliban in 2015, they made a point of destroying women’s services like shelters for the abused and women-run radio stations. There were also allegations of rape at the women’s prison and university dormitory.

It’s no wonder, then, that women, who suffered the most under Taliban rule and are still at the forefronts of insurgency, are skeptical of negotiations. The pessimism no doubt reflects a fear of return to the dark days before the Taliban fell in late 2001, when women under the Taliban regime were executed and stoned in public, beaten if seen without a burqa, not allowed to leave the house without a male companion, and lacked even the most basic freedom and rights.

According to research from the Council on Foreign Relations, when women participate in a peace process, the resulting agreement is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years. Fifteen years after the UN adopted Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000, which called for women’s full participation in peace talks, in 2015 the government of Afghanistan presented its own National Action Plan to implement Resolution 1325, with the broad goal of ensuring women’s effective political participation including in the peace process. However, implementation of the plan has been slow, and women are still underrepresented in peace processes, government institutions, and the workplace.

If the government moves forward without the inclusion and strong participation of Afghan women at the negotiating table, their hard-earned rights and freedom risk being lost.

Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and the billions spent by the international community on advancing women’s rights, women’s lives in Afghanistan have changed dramatically. Women have gone back to work again, families send their daughters back to school, and today millions of girls attend schools and universities across the country. They hold positions as cabinet ministers and members of parliament-women now make up 28 percent of parliament.

Early this month, President Ashraf Ghani raised the possibility of reconciliation with the Taliban, saying that his government was “open to peace talks with armed groups who accept peace.” However, if the government moves forward without the inclusion and strong participation of Afghan women at the negotiating table, their hard-earned rights and freedom risk being lost.

By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary, FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Booklet for Afghan women facing violence

A free resource for women facing or experiencing violence made available by Free Women Writers’.  Read their original post below. 
“A guide for women facing gender-based violence, You Are not Alone derives from years of research, speaking with survivors of violence and our experiences as women and survivors. Through this book, we share stories inspired by the lives of women we’ve met through FWW in the past four years and the lessons learned from their battles for freedom and safety. We will also debunk the many myths that continue to surround conversations on gender-based violence and harm women around the world and provide specific and practical tips on ways you can deal with the violence you or someone you love may be facing.

Most importantly, we write to reassure you that if you are a survivor of violence, it is not your fault. You do not deserve to live in violence. You did not do anything to cause it. You are not responsible for the actions of your abuser. You have the right to live happily and to feel loved, cherished, and respected. You are not defined by the violence you have faced or continue to face. You are a whole human being born with the undeniable right to have control over your own body and live a life without physical, sexual, or emotional violence and intimidation. and you are not alone in your journey to freedom.
Access our book for free here.”

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Over 3500 women faced violence in 2017: AIHRC

A recent report by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) shows that 3,778 incidents of violence against women took place in the last ten months of 2017.

The report shows no decline in the number of cases of violent incidents and point towards the existence of a culture of impunity in cases of brutality against women.

The AIHRC on Saturday disseminated details on the cases of violence against women, and recorded 1,351 incidents of physical torture, 1,093 incidents of verbal incidents and 176 incidents of sexual violence.The remaining cases comprised of other types of tortures and violence against women.

Either the victims themselves or their relatives registered thecases at the IHRC regional offices.

According to the report, out ofthe 1,351 incidents of physical violence, 1,003 were cases of torture, 19 of immolation, 4 of limb loss, 54 incidents of injuries and 22 incidents of forces work.

AIHRC officials said that the number of cases of violent incidents registered at their regional offices resembled no significant change in comparison to the numbers of cases last year.

Addressing the reporters on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, AIHRC Chief Sema Samar expressed her concern over the culture of impunity that exists in cases of violence against women. 

She also saidthat 231 incidents of murders of women were registered separately from the above incidents,including 120 incidents of honour killing carried out by thevictim’s family members, including their fathers and husbands.

In 6 of the cases the women were executed either by armed militantsor on the orders of kangaroo courts. Some 105 cases of women murders were also attributed to unidentified armed men.

She added that over 50 of these alleged murderers were even arrested and their cases registered and referred to the Attorney General Office for investigation, but unfortunately most of them had managed to flee.

The AIHRC also released a separate report on violence and discrimination against women within the ranks of the security forces.

For the report, 651 women officials amongst the ranks of the security forces,including579 policewomen, 60 army women personnel and 12 women employees were interviewed regarding the violence and discrimination against women.

About 49 percent of the women officials interviewed complained against the non-existence of equal promotion opportunities, 65 percent complained against the lack of provision of equal rights, and 52 percent complained against a lack of due  attention to the decision making process in matters related to their duties.

She said that “of the total interviewed women, 86 complained against the existence of somehow discrimination and harassment which included, touching, complimenting the physic, clothes and blinking.”

SOURCE: llah Hamdard, Pajhwok Afghan News, Nov 25, 2017


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More than 70 Afghan mothers to receive obstetric fistula surgical repairs

With the technical and financial support of UNFPA, Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan established its second obstetric fistula treatment centre in Herat regional hospital. UNFPA provided trainings for 9 health workers including surgeons, midwives and an anaesthesiologist. In this centre, 27 patients with pelvic floor disorder including obstetric fistula have received successful repair surgeries.

Obstetric Fistula is a childbirth injury, a hole or fistula from the urinary bladder and/or the rectum to the birth canal. Mainly caused by prolonged obstructed labor, the condition devastates lives of women, leaving them with constant leakage of urine or faeces or both.

Three per cent of women in Afghanistan have had symptoms of fistula, both in urban (4 per cent) and rural areas (3 per cent), however, more than half of these mothers did not seek treatment, (Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey, 2015).

“I think I am reborn after the surgery. I am going to start a new and clean life when I go home”, said Jamila, 30, mother of one girl got a surgical repair for obstetric fistula at the UNFPA supported Obstetric Fistula Treatment Centre in Herat.

At the fistula treatment centre in Malalai Maternity Hospital an average of 5 patients receive repair surgeries every month.

The condition can be simple and repairable with one surgery session or it can be very complicated and require multiple surgeries to heal. However, the good news is that the condition is repairable and with UNFPA support there are 2 treatment centres in the Country, one in Kabul, at Malalai Maternity Hospital and another in Herat regional hospital. UNFPA plans to support the establishment of three more Fistula Treatment Centres in Nangarhar, Kandahar and Balkh.

UNFPA hired an international fistula surgeon in November 2017 to provide practical on the job training to surgeons from Herat and also Nangarhar regional hospital. Around 90 Afghan mothers living with obstetric fistula will be operated and rehabilitated to regain their normal lives.

The patients will receive repair surgeries during a period of more than one month. In the meantime, national surgeons will have enough time and clinical volume to acquire the delicate and very unique skill to repair obstetric fistula. They will observe and participate in the 90 surgical repair processes under the close mentorship and technical supervision of the international recognized surgeon.

Farkhunda Trust First Annual Lecture

The Farkhunda Trust held its First Annual Lecture at the House of Commons on November 23rd.

Speakers included Rahela Sidiqi (Women’s Higher Education & The Farkhanda Trust); Christine Chinkin (Women’s Education and Security); Baroness Frances D’Souza ( Why We Must Continue Our Work in Afghanistan; HE The Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK, Said Tayeb Jawad ( Women’s Education and Security in Afghanistan ); Qari Zemarai Babrak ( Why to support Farkhunda Trust ).

The event was opened by Samantha Knights and closed by Interim Chair of the Farkhunda Trust, Kamini Paul.


Statistics of Women higher education

  • In 2002, right after the Taliban fell, there were only 1,564 female students in universities. 
  • In 2016 out of 53,385 students enrolment at state universities only 11,853 or 22% were female. 
  • In total today, there are about 64000 or 21% young women attending university and only 14% of all faculty members are women. 
  • This shows great progress but we still have a long way to go to even get to where we were in 1990. Before the Taliban came, 40 percent of those in higher education were women, and 70 present of all teachers were women. 
  • The increase number of female student between 2014 and 2016 were 18.6% 

General statistics on Women Status and Employment 

  • 580 scholarships for graduate and undergraduate inside and outside Afghanistan and in Asian countries 
  • There are 35% women have master degree and 1.4% PHD
  • Total number of university students by 2016 was 300,344 students out of which state university students were 171, 609 with 36,362 female students – 21% and 135,247 male students -79%. But female higher education some times is overly reported.
  • Private university students were 128,735 students out of which 27,612 – 21% female’s students and 101,125 male students and 79%.
  • There are 601 faculty 222 state faculty and 378 private faculty in total and 145 Universities 36 state universities and 109 private universities
  • 5% of primary female students complete higher education and in 2014 90% of women were illiterate.
  • 22% of civil servants are female, 2% in security forces, 8% in justice, 27% in lower house and 19% in upper house. 2 women in cabin. 9 Deputy Minister and 4 female Ambassadors.
  • 78 % women face one type of violence and 50% get married at age of 15


Budget used for Education

In 2011, 2% of on budget used for education

Afghanistan Population in 2015 and issues

  • 6 million 14 million women and 20 million live in rural area. 8.6 million live in urban area.
  • Life expectancy is 44 years
  • Child mortality is 154/1000. More then 11 million live with less than $1.24 per day.

Recourses Issues:

Not enough funds to increase female faculties, 100 girls are in same class. Insecurity, lack of electricity, no enough hostel for female students, No guest lecture and lack of financial resources to enable women to use transport and get food. Education quality is poor. 50% of lecturers are bachelors and use mainly old teaching methods. Inadequate autonomy for higher institution. Demand and supply challenges, due to poor education quality. No adequate sanitary for female students in university campus. 2016 survey indicated that only 37% of population believe equal right for women access to education, 40% of college and university female students have mental health and posttraumatic stress.



Afghan sisters support local artisans

Noqra jewellery began as two ideas shared by two sisters. They dreamed of designing and selling jewellery that not only highlights the beauty of naturally-occurring Afghan gemstones, but also supports the Afghan economy by employing local Afghan jewellers. After much study in fashion, design and business, in 2016 the sisters were able to make their dream a reality with the launch of Noqra.

Conceptually, Noqra jewellery is characterised by clean, refined lines, mostly wrought in silver—pure elegance. But at a deeper level, their intention to benefit people who have suffered is a pure one too. This is what impelled the sisters to name the line Noqra, or ‘silver’ in Persian, because to them, silver is a symbol of purity.

All jewellery is designed by sisters and then made in Kabul by talented local artisans. These artisans hand-cut and hand-set the gemstones. The finished pieces are then delivered to Germany for worldwide sale and distribution.

In their own words, the sisters’ allegiance to design purity means that “We design pieces quite naturally, letting the gems, like lapis lazuli, take the centre stage.”

For more  information about these beautiful items and how to order them go to the website 



Oxford platform for girls education advocate


Farkhunda Trust founder Rahela Sadiqi joined a panel of speakers in Oxford on November 20th to discuss the impact of aid on development in Afghanistan – and the vital importance of education for girls.

At the invitation of the Oxford International Relations Society she joined Dr Michael Ryde and journalist Bahar Joya in a discussion chaired by Professor Sue Doran.

After the main event the audience of students and supporters at St Benet’s Hall, St Giles had an opportunity to meet Ms Sidiqi and learn more about the life changing impact of the Farkhunda Trust which was set up in memory of Farkhunda Malikzada, whose brutal murder on the streets of Kabul in 2015 shocked the world. Its mission is to provide scholarships to women from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to pursue higher education and, ultimately, to contribute to shaping a progressive Afghan society.

PICTURE SHOWS: Rahela Sidiqi and Oxford  student Malala Yousafzai.

Extracts from Rahela Sidiqi’s speech follows:  “I believe that if we do things better, and especially pay closer attention to the culture of change towards development – that is the institutional and behaviour  incentives towards change – and alignment with Afghan Government priorities, we will set ourselves on a path towards a self-sufficient Afghanistan that will be a net contributor to peace and security.

Let me explain. Any country that has experienced the levels of destruction and conflict that Afghanistan has needs support. But this support must be defined together with the international community and must be based on the priorities and deep engagement of Afghans themselves.

For far too long, the nature of development has been donor-driven with Afghans in the backseat.

Moreover, the scores of technical assistants provided to the government – while good intentioned – has often leeched capacity rather than built Afghan capacity. I believe that these two factors are key to why we have seen such a weak impact on Afghanistan development strategy despite all the money provided.

Let me give you some figures. For instance, there has been little on-budget aid investment in education, institutional building, and infrastructure development. For example, in 2013, 82% of international aid was used outside Afghanistan system and 70% of aid was used for security force in 2011. While it is important to strengthen security forces, it is not sufficient. Peace and security will come with tangible improvement in people’s lives. And that will not happen if we spend 18% (Social Protection1%, Education 2%, Private sector 2% Health 4%, Agriculture 5%) for the rest of sectors. Today, however, we have a real opportunity to change things and set the course right.”

She reminded the audience that Afghanistan had a Government in place and – in spite of all its challenges –  a reform vision to bring self-sufficiency to the country by 2025.

“Let me quickly state its main five objectives:

  • FIRST, to increase Government ownership in the development, coordination and administration of aid.
  • SECOND, to strengthen economic management through increased development assistant via on budget aid.
  • THIRD, to better coordinate off budget flow from international donors and partners
  • FOURTH, to operationalise the commitment to aid effectiveness within the Tokyo Framework through a process of mutual accountability.
  • FIFTH to increase transparency and accountability with the Afghan Government and development partners.

Reform will take a long time to take root and may spark violence in the interim as vested interests are threatened, but we have another opportunity here that we can leverage. This second opportunity is the new generation of Afghan leaders, who are more educated and connected with more global outlooks than the previous generation who monopolise power.

In this new government,  several hundred young people under the age of 40 have been appointed to positions of power. And many of them are also young women working in the Office of the Presidency and across ministries.   I cannot overstate the importance of this new generation. These young people in government are dynamic, creative, more open to taking risks and trying new ideas, and ready to challenge the corrupt structures that be. But they need our support and commitment.

The third is how the most successful, programs – that have been internationally acclaimed – were the family of National Programs designed and implemented by the Government, with clear rules and responsibilities with funding from development partners, where the Government sets policy, and where NGOs or private sector provides service delivery within clear and fair parameters. These include the National Health Program which resulted from a collaboration between WB, USAID, EU on one clear framework; and the National Solidarity Program now Citizens Charter which I had the privilege to serve on as one of the core founder — which gave block grants to 34,000 villages and where communities themselves managed the grants. The next phase of this program under Citizen Charter is to integrate the village level to ensure the villages can demand and hold accountable the government ministries to provide them basic services.

Critical to increasing young women’s participation in government and  across all sectors of society is the role of higher education. Today, only 25% women succeed to enter to state university but the demand is at least four times more.

What are their challenges in access? Often, it is about accommodation, transport, food, – all of which keeps most young poor women out of schools and often marrying way too young. Many also have to support their families and thus do not have the time or energy to attend school.

We believe that a central reason that Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries is because of the marginalization of half the population – an entire gender. They are critical to development, to building the economy, strengthening their communities and keeping young marginalized boys from bad influences.

Today, we have a new opportunity. A national priority of the National Unity Government is empowering woman to their full potential. For the first time, we have an active first lady who is supporting young women.

And we at Farkhunda Trust are trying our best to do our part. We are a very young organisation and have only been in operation for 1.5 years. We were established   after the brutal killing of Farkhunda Malikzada. But we already have established MoUs with two  universities and are supporting 13 excellent young women from disadvantaged background; women who   without the support of our Trust, would not be able to attend university.

We believe women can be mothers  who  train their  children to use their vision for building Afghanistan and his nation rather hen join extremism. They could be the agent of change to bring moderate Islam and to value the women potential as their equal partner of development process.”

Rahela H. Sidiqi is the founder and UK Director of the Farkhunda Trust and is an Afghan women’s rights activist who was determined to improve the situation of women in Afghanistan following the tragic death of Farkhunda Malikzada.

Rahela has over 22 years of experience in managing programs such as emergency relief, conducting and organising management training, provision of policy papers, strategic plans and manuals for relevant project programs for government, the UN and the World Bank. She has founded two charities in Afghanistan and the UK and has provided leadership advice to the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission and other senior level leaders in Afghanistan. She is a reformist and anti-corruption activist at government and civil society levels. She has extensive experience in the area of organisation development participatory training, planning and management, project formulation, and monitoring and evaluation. She has strong experience in team building. She has an extensive background in the area of human rights, women’s rights advocacy, women and youth solidarity and coalition building. She works to build capacity in building partnerships in relation to relevant stakeholders. She works with the private sector, government, and local and international organisations.




From the leafy lanes of Aldworth to the Hindu Kush.

Sixteen years ago, I left Aldworth for Afghanistan on a beautiful spring morning. I had visited the region previously as a young doctor in the Eighties during the Soviet war there and was invited to return to work in a mother and child clinic in the Panjshir Valley, East Afghanistan.

I found a country devastated by 23 years of war, suffering under the grip of the brutal Taliban regime, its infrastructure and spirit utterly destroyed. Even as an optimist I found little hope. However, I grew to love the Afghan people, their extraordinary hospitality and above all their determination, courage and resilience. The visit changed my life and I have devoted the years since then to supporting the country and its young people through the charity I founded, Afghan Connection.

The charity transforms young lives through education and sport and works in some of the most remote and underserved regions of Afghanistan. We have built 46 schools for 75,000 children and renovated more than 70 other schools serving some 110,000 children. Alongside the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, with the M.C.C. as partners, we have built 100 cricket pitches in schools and coached 4,500 children and young people with disabilities.

In July this year, on another beautiful Aldworth morning, I set off for Afghanistan, this time with my son Mike, who speaks the local language fluently. We saw schools we have built, met young children in remote areas enjoying an education for the first time and teachers we have trained. The welcome was overwhelming and we were often submerged in a sea of flowers and garlands and rendered immobile by copious amounts of food. We stayed in village houses up in the Hindu Kush and felt deeply privileged to travel with such ease in Afghanistan’s challenging environment. It was my visit to Bakhmal Basi School which stays with me most. This is our current fundraising project and we aim to build a six classroom school for its children in Spring 2018. This is the extract from my blog about visiting the school:

I leave at first light for Bakhmal Basi school, which is some 3-4 hours drive from Taloqan, where we spend the night. Rustaq is an impoverished and underserved district right up in the North of Afghanistan. It is blighted by drought and only 20% of the population has access to water. Maternal and child mortality rates are high. It is a desolate place where, looking at the endless dust and cracked earth utterly parched and devoid of colour, one cannot comprehend how people live and what their lives must endure.

It makes me angry that people still have to live like this, with no access to safe water after so much money has come in to Afghanistan. It is incomprehensible that people in this century endure such hardship and total lack of basic facilities. No water, no clinic, no jobs. Life is a daily test of survival. As we arrive near to Bakhmal Basi village we stop and look at it perched on a hillside of dust surrounded by a sea of grey hills, no green in sight.

All the elders are waiting for me in line and grasp my hand as I walk along their line. The children are there too, with flowers and gifts and all the women of the village are there in their burkas, waiting to speak to me. The school is a series of wooden shelters and torn tents.

The elders sit down and thank me for coming so far to meet them and for supporting their school. There are just two literate adults in this village, the Mullah and a teacher, who was educated elsewhere as a refugee and has now returned. Everyone else is illiterate. 

They sign an agreement to cooperate with the school construction by giving land and labour to build the foundations. They cannot write and so press their thumbs into an ink pad and onto the paper, the illiterate parents signing up for their children to have an education. I ask them why they want their girls and boys to be educated. An old man replies that once he was against education, but now he is near to death after a harsh life and sees it as the one chance for the village children to have a better future. As he speaks, he raises his hand to wipe the tears that are falling down his tired face and we all feel the depth of this emotion.

I have visited so many places in Afghanistan, but never have I witnessed such abject poverty. The women take me into their shelter and remove their burkas. They implore me not to forget them. They thank me for coming so far to help their children when they feel forgotten by the outside world. They tell me how their children have to search for water up to 6 hours a day and they sometimes attack each other in their fight to secure water for their families. One woman tells me how she miscarried her baby whilst carrying heavy loads of water back for her children. They fear childbirth because there is no clinic or medical help nearby.

Afghan Connection has been fortunate to be included in The Big Give Christmas Appeal 2017. We will run the appeal to raise funds for Bakhmal Basi School construction. Anyone who donates online between November 28th and December 3rd will have their donation doubled. If you would like to help, please save the date and see our website in the run up for more details on how to take part or call 01635578841. To read more of my blog from July

“The world is like a bird, with 2 wings”

Twenty-seven-year old  spoken word artist Mathew Dawson, (MDthepoet), wrote this poem because he feels that gender inequality is an issue that needs coverage and discussion. His sentiments are relevant to all people, everywhere, but perhaps they have  particular resonance for Afghan women and Mathew is happy for us to share this poem on their behalf:


I am a feminist,

I know a lot of you probably just raised your eye brows, But after I browsed . . . .and searched, for a definition, I realised you lot were tripping,

Because the word Feminist actually means: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes,

Why is that so insane, the thought of us being the same?? I don’t get it?

See I’m here to tell you 2things

One, The world is like a bird, with 2 wings,

Two, One of these wings is men and the other is women, and until these wings are streamlined then society will keep on winging,

How best we nurture our talents, because unless these wings are balanced,

We are gonna fly lopsided, see with one closed eyelid, but if we become united, we’ll fly straight and up towards a better civilization, because putting down one half of our race is not optimisisation, It’s stupid!

See I reached out, to a number of my close female friends, and asked them, I asked

What’s it like, what’s it like to be a women, when you have dreams of pursuing, something society doesn’t believe you should be doing, and I learnt that we are not far from ruin.

Because every single one of them told me that that they feel like they are not judged on their brains and things, like ability, instead they are judged on their looks and their likeability.

We need to change this,

Instead of looking at our women based on their features, we need to look at our women and think how can they feature,

Instead of men killing females in honour killings, we should honour women, these are more than just the mothers of our children,

Instead of countries banning women from the right to drive, we should encourage our women to have courage, ambition and drive,

Instead of banning our women from an education because of their gender, we need to help women become a bigger part of the worlds agenda,

I love that word – Instead, It Carries Hope, Something that’s in men and women both,

SO Instead of me doing nothing, I’m here to fight the cause for our women, they say chivalry is dead, we need to open doors for our women,

This persistent denial of equality to one-half of the worlds population is an insult to human dignity.

It allows for destructive attitudes and the harbouring of misery, misery that transfers to the workplace, family at home and international relations around the globe.

On no grounds, moral, biological, or traditional can inequality be justifiable, the time is now, is undeniable, the time is now to speak up and make a difference, because we’ll never get peace on earth till we make peace with our women

– MD the poet