Wednesday, 27 November 2013

International Students Day at Kabul University: 27 November 2013

As part of the observance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which started earlier this week, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan today highlighted, at a ceremony with hundreds of university students in the capital, Kabul, the need to reduce crimes against women and girls. At the event, also organized to mark the International Day of Students (17 November) – which was first observed in 1941 in recognition of student activism – a UNDP official, Fulya Vekiloglu, said the UN agency is working with the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to start a Master’s Degree programme on gender studies at Kabul University. UNDP has previously helped establish the Gender Studies Institute at the university, the largest tertiary studies institution in the country. In addition to the observance ceremony, today’s activities included speeches, music and theatre performances, and a documentary screening on the theme of gender quality.

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