“Violence against women and girls (VAW/G) is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term physical, sexual and mental consequences, including death in the most extreme cases. It negatively affects women and girl’s general well being and can prevent them from full participation and contributing in their communities. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families and the entire community. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity and overall development of the society”.
“For more than a decade, civil society in Afghanistan, with the support of the international community, has advocated to end gender-based violence, with a particular focus on violence against women and girls. As a result, significant progress and achievements have been made to ensure equal rights for women and girls. Today, women’s right and equality between men and women are enshrined in the Afghan Constitution and the Ending Violence against Women Law (EVAW Law)”.
“United Nations has marked 25 of each month the “Orange Day to End Violence”, aiming to raise public awareness and mobilize broad support for EVAW, with the aim to promote participation of youth, men, boys and faith-based leaders, as key agent who can contribute to end violence against women”
Shuhada Organization with financial support of UN-Women celebrated 25th of August, the Orange Day, holding a bicycle race amongst active girls in Bamyan. A number of 15 interested girls who knew how to ride bicycle participated in the race. The race was conducted for three KMs in the center of Bamyan province, where more than a hundred women and men including provincial governance department, head of education department, provincial head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), provincial head of Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (AIEC), provincial head of women affairs, UNAMA, civil society organizations and women activists of Bamyan province escorted them from the beginning to the end (09:00-10:30 AM) of race. At the end, prizes were granted to the first, second and third position holders.
Zakia D/o Mohammad Dawood got first, Kobra D/o mohammad Eibrahim the second and Ziba D/o Ghulam Sakhi the third position.
Worth to mention that head of Olympic, tourism union, provincial police head quarter, national security, health department and journalists of Bamyan province have cordially cooperated with Shuhada Organization for celebration of this day.