Women’s Movement of Afghanistan Protest

Mar 7, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT OF AFGHANISTAN ON:

ACAA’s Protest to Stand in Solidarity with the Women of Afghanistan This International Women’s Day 

WHERE: Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA

WHEN: Friday, 8th March 2024, 11 AM – 1 PM

This International Women’s Day, on Friday 8th March, the Women’s Movement of Afghanistan (WMA) is holding a peaceful demonstration in the Parliament Square to amplify the voices of the women of Afghanistan who are facing serious human rights violations under the Taliban. 

Since November 2022, we have organized 7 protests. The most recent one was on 15 August 2023 to mark 2 years since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan to reject their authority. At the backdrop of several diaspora groups, activists, and international organisations protesting against the human rights abuses happening in Afghanistan, we will stand in solidarity with the brave movements of disobedience led by the people of Afghanistan against the dissembling of their basic human rights.

We are gathering to:

  • Reject the Taliban’s authority in Afghanistan because of its systemic and widespread abuse of women 
  • Recognise that women’s experiences in Afghanistan vary according to ethnicity and other characteristics.
  • Work with governments to establish routes for the resettlement of Afghan women at risk under the Taliban. 
  • Become a voice for women of Afghanistan.

Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi, the Founder and Director of the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) says, “The human rights situation in Afghanistan has been worsening after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. The Taliban has imposed several restrictions on women and girls, including limitations on education, employment, public interactions, and other fundamental rights such as access to justice. Girls in Afghanistan are being turned to religious education in madrassas after being denied modern education. I believe that we need to act now to change the political climate of Afghanistan to address the humanitarian crisis that the country is facing and will continue to face for many more years if no action is taken.”

For further information, or to arrange interviews with Dr Nasimi or any member of the community, please email empowerment@afghanistan-central-asian.org.uk

Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) www.acaa.org.uk