Violence against women tied to relentless war


GHAZNI: Women and girls who gathered for a poetical contest in central Maidan Wardak province have said violence against women would not be eradicated as long as conflicts continued in the country.

The poetic program was organized jointly by the Asian Local Leaders Organization for Humanitarian Aid (ALLOHA) organization and the provincial Women’s Affairs Department in the capital of Maidan Wardak on Tuesday.

Women attending the program said that war directly impacted violence against women and this specific gender would suffer as long as the conflicts continued in the country.

Deputy Maidan Wardak Governor Taj Mohammad Omari, talking to the event, praised women for their courage to raise voice against violence and said that only peace could put an end to the women’s suffering.

Mahmoda Taqwa, a schoolteacher in Maidan Shahr, capital of Maidan Wardak, said that elimination of violence against women was a responsibility of all the people, but she believed that nothing could be improved unless armed conflicts were brought to an end.

Maidan Wardak Women Affairs Director Shakila Ghani said that the cases of violence against women were fewer in the province compared to other parts of Afghanistan.