The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) in its 8 regional and 4 provincial offices; where the core message was “Don’t destroy the future of your children by forced marriages.” The day was celebrated through conferences, meetings, gatherings and media broadcasts. 500 banners with messages on forced marriages and its outcomes were printed. Messages from the Chief of Justice, Speaker of the Parliament, Attorney General, Chief of Peace and Stability Commission and people from the general public condemning forced marriages were broadcast by the national and private television channels in Kabul for one night. Two brochures (20,000 copies) on women’s right to education and on the impact of culture on women’s life were printed; five billboards with messages on forced marriages were printed and installed in five main squares of Kabul, conveying messages on forced and underage marriages.
Source of Information
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Annual Report (1 January to 31 December 2007) p. 8