AFGHAN EMBASSY IN OTTAWA HOSTS “A Day of Solidarity with Afghan Women”
On August 18, 2022, “A Day of Solidarity with Afghan Women” was hosted by the Afghan Embassy at the Ottawa City Hall and was attended by many participants from the Government of Canada, diplomatic community, civil society, humanitarian sector and the Afghan diaspora community.
Ambassador Hassan Soroosh spoke about the current tragic situation in Afghanistan with a focus on the situation of women and girls and their rights and aspirations.
Ambassaador Soroosh stressed the importance of greater support to Afghan women and girls under a united approach and through various advocacy and protection mechanisms. Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness to Canada for the previous and ongoing humanitarian, advocacy and resettlement efforts in support of Afghan women and girls and highlighted the significance of sustained collective efforts in this regard.
Ms. Nahid Shahalimi, a renowned Afghan Canadian author, artist, and social entrepreneur spoke about her new book “We Are Still Here” which presents the first-hand stories of thirteen courageous Afghan women who have worked as politicians, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists, coders, musicians, and more. She highlighted the importance of involving Afghan experts particularly women experts in policy development and program development for Afghan women and girls.
The event also provided an opportunity to express our appreciation to the excellent work of Afghan, Canadian and international partners in support of Afghan women and newcomers from Afghanistan.
The event also included a video presentation on Afghan women and a beautiful live performance of national anthems of Afghanistan and Canada by Ms. Sara Soroor, Afghan-Canadian singer and songwriter.
The event was moderated by Ms. Yalda Baktash, Afghan journalist and human rights activist.