Afghan women stand strong in Scotland


AFGHAN women in Scotland are working to create a new future for themselves and their daughters.

Glasgow Afghan United (GAU) is the leading organisation for New Scots from Afghanistan.

Many of our members came together to in an International Women’s Day celebration. They challenged restrictive rules for women and girls and seek bigger, better futures for the next generation.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021, which celebrates female excellence and
empowerment while raising awareness about equality, is “choose to challenge”.

GAU works with women and girls of all ages to build skills and overcome barriers in life, work
and learning through our flagship Women’s Empowerment Project, which covers everything from computer literacy to welfare rights to first aid skills in a safe, secure environment.

We are incredibly proud of it and all its members.

Glasgow city councillor Councillor Christina Cannon joined women from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to hear poetry, music and discussion in our two-hour International Women’s Day event as women lifted their voices and demanded to be heard.

They shared stories about their backgrounds, upbringings, experiences and thoughts,
asking “how can we inspire other women?” and “how can we encourage our daughters to
stand up for themselves and not limit themselves?”

GAU’s members strongly condemn all forms of gender-based discrimination and harassment. Volunteer Khalida Bostani said: “Discrimination against women is sadly still too common across cultures. By working together, women become stronger. 

“We owe it to ourselves and our children to use all of our power to overturn sexism, tackle prejudice and defy violence. We choose to challenge these barriers for all women.”

GAU founder and director Abdul Bostani commented: “The incredible women in our team are teachers, carers, thinkers and do-ers who listen, reflect and act to make our city and our society a better place. GAU is proud to support their work as they continue to succeed.

“Men and boys must also get behind these efforts. We urge men from all ethnicities, communities and backgrounds to commit to making our country safer and better for women and girls, who represent more than half of our population.”

We were delighted when Third Force News included our event in their news coverage. You can read their report by clicking this link.

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