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Mediothek Balkh Celebrated Int. Women’s Day

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09 March 2017
Mediothek Balkh (Maulana Peace House) with the financial assistance of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) organized a splendid event to mark International Women’s Day (8th of March).
More than 100 women, human and women rights activists, university instructors, religious scholar, students, civil society activists, artists, poets, girls, boys and citizens participated in the event. A representative of ZDF, GIZ peace promotion, also participated in the event.
Speaking at the opening of the event, Mediothek coordinator, Saber Naqshbandi, said “Women in Afghanistan still have ample challenges, from domestic violence, to lack of opportunity, to discrimination in workplace and education institutions, but it is the responsibility of each one of us to stand against these issues, and Mediothek is on your side when you need it.”
Various side events such as theater shows, music, poetry readings, signings, and speeches were organized to make the event a memorable occasion for the mostly female participants.  
Theater group performed a stage play about a small underage girl forced into marriage by her father in order to collect her dowry money and engage his son through the dowry money, but the young girl and her mother stand against the decision of the father and reject the marriage plan.
The plot was selected intentionally because child marriage is a huge problem in Afghanistan and theater can plan a huge role in public awareness.
School girls read poetries about women and their role in society.
A special cake was organized by the organized and amid cheers and applauds participants cut the cake and distributed to the audience.
Music was also an integral part of the event young artists sung through the event to give the program and unofficial atmosphere.  
 “Say whatever your nostalgic heart wants to say” a white cotton board provided, which will be kept in the center, for the participants to write what their hearts wanted.
“Woman” is not “black head” referring to a common Afghan expression, but “a shadow overhead”, writes one participant. “I love my wife, not because she is women but because she is a human being,” wrote another.