international women's day 2011

Represent Afghan women on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011, in Central London

Posted on: 2 March 2011

Afghanaid will be participating in the annual ‘Join Me on the Bridge’ campaign this coming International Women’s Day, Tuesday the 8th of March 2011. The march is organised by WomenforWomen International but women, men and children representing many different organisations will be present on the march. This year’s march is themed around empowerment for Women in Afghanistan, and so it is important that Afghanaid have a presence on the day.

We need enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to march with Afghanaid on this momentous day!

Requirements:

    • Be available from 10am – 1pm on Tuesday, 8th of March to participate in the march.
    • Be willing to wear Afghanaid branded T-shirts, carry an Afghanaid banner and distribute Afghanaid leaflets before, during and after the march.

Background:

Every 28 minutes a woman in Badakhshan province in Afghanistan dies in child birth. Female literacy in Afghanistan is just 12.6%. Women in Afghanistan are often subjected to brutal abuse within their own homes.

Afghanaid is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has worked alongside Afghan communities for nearly three decades. We currently work directly with over 1 million adults and children focusing on long term sustainable development in some of Afghanistan’s poorest rural areas.

Afghanaid’s vision is of a peaceful and secure Afghanistan, where Afghans exercise their rights to political freedom and economic opportunity in a country where institutions are held accountable. To reach this Afghanaid believes that putting people, their rights and their wellbeing at the centre of development is pivotal, ensuring a long lasting impact and change in the lives of the poor and vulnerable people.

What you can expect on the day:

The London march will begin at the famous Borough Market at 11am, where organisations such as Afghanaid will be able to meet with others and share information about current projects and campaigns. In unison, women, men and children will begin the march across central London, ending up at the Southbank Centre with a closing speech by the great Annie Lennox herself!

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Ffion Thomas
Email: ffion@afghanaid.org.uk
Tel: 0207 065 0825/9
Website: http://www.afghanaid.org.uk

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