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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) International Women Day was marked in the International Press Hall of the ministry of information and culture, during which Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the acting minister and deputy to the cultural affairs of the ministry congratulated it to the entire ministry female staffs, BNA reported Tuesday.
He said woman should be known for their identity not only for being a woman and that the women should get access to economic self-rule. “Their access to their rights would help reduce violence against women and the goal would be reached when the level of the women access to education were increased,” he added.
Deputy finance and administrative affairs of the ministry of information and culture, Assistant Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi also delivered speech in the meeting as saying: “Under the holy Islamic teachings, the criterion of excellence was only virtue.”
She added that the MoIC leadership was making effort to solve all problems facing women staff and employees of the ministry, the agency said.
Deputy to the publication affairs of the ministry, Sayed Hussain Fazel Sancharaki said that vicious traditions have made difficult the atmosphere for women entrance in the society and overcoming it was not too much easy and needed comprehensive and multi-dimension efforts.
Mahbooba Sadat, Gender Manger of the ministry, who had initiated the conference for holding international women day said: “We had competent women in our history, from whom, we must learn and should find the main source of our past.”
She said, “We have heroine women in our country, who lost two of their sons in the way to defend the country,” quoted the agency.

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nawruz is generally celebrated in Afghanistan.
Also known as Farmer’s Day, the observances usually last two weeks, culminating on the first day of the Afghan New Year. Nawruz is celebrated with different traditions throughout the country. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the year. People start getting ready for Nawroz a month before and celebrate the actual day following the old Afghan traditions. One of the biggest traditions for Afghans on Nawroz is to wear green clothes and to cook green things. The idea is to give a new start to their lives, the same as the growth of the green plants in the spring, so they will be green, happy and fresh until the end of the year.
The word green in the Dari language is “Sabz.” Therefore, Afghans prepare seven dishes that start with the letter “S”. One of the dishes that start with the green (sabz) letter is called Samanak. This is a special dish that takes at least two weeks to get ready to be cooked. The wheat used to make Samanak is kept to grow tall, and then it is cooked. Samanak is usually cooked on Nawroz or few days before, and women sometimes throw a party for it. While the mother cook Samanak through the whole night, their daughters dance and sing songs.  One of the other dishes on the table is Haft Mewa, which is the bowl full of dried fruits. Afghans buy various dried fruits such as pistachios, raisins, walnuts, dried apricots and almonds to make it, and it is eaten as a snack on Nawroz. On celebration of this day in Herat, Kobra, a resident of the province that Herat people mark Nawroz with a different way. She said that receiving the New Year was mostly seen among the women. They start cleaning of the house few days ago and try to do the main works to welcome the New Year, she added.
Those engaged men provide clothes and sweets to their fiancées and take them to the girls’ homes, she said, adding the bride’s family also provide something to the men. On cooking Samanak, she said that the tradition was not celebrated like before. Today, everyone likes to cook Samanak with her own, she added. Last Wednesday of the year is celebrated in Herat in a special manner, she said, adding on the next Wednesday, the people in Herat go to recreational sites such as, Khwaja Abdullah Ansari Shrine, Mugqa Garden, Takht-e-Safar, Women Garden, Pul-e-Malan, etc.
Another Herat resident, Tamana said that in my opinion, Nawroz is celebrated in Herat with a different, as the people mark the last Wednesday of the year in a particular manner.
Karima Malikzada

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat deputy minister of youth affairs in a meeting with representative of the UNDP emphasized on drafting of a project on youth and Ulema’s volunteer caravan in gender equality spheres, BNA reported.
UNDP’s representative Saifullah Sayes briefed the deputy minister on the project, saying the project would improve gender equality in Afghanistan.
He said the ministries of women affairs, hajj and endowment as well as the deputy ministry of youth affairs to jointly work with UNDP and UN’s volunteer agency in different spheres of using volunteers for public awareness on gender equality, promotion of youth’s leadership role and creation of the national volunteer networks.
According to Sayes, ministry of women to have monitoring role, deputy ministry of youth affairs to mobilize youth across the country for volunteer works and the ministry of hajj and endowment  to carry out activities on social changes through different programs in close coordination with religious scholars.
Hinting to important role of youth within society, Dr. Kamal Sadat vowed to spare no effort in assisting the program. He said would support any program to bring positive changes.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism for information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, the session of counter human trafficking commission’s technical committee was held yesterday.
In the session, national research report released by IOM, human trafficking and refugee trafficking were discussed.
Meanwhile, Mustafavi considered research related to review and causes of human trafficking in Afghanistan as an effective step towards cooperation with relevant organs and praised USAID and IOM for their cooperation in this regard.
Deputy Minister of finance, administrative and tourism also asked the respective organizations to share research indexes in connection with review and causes of human trafficking in Afghanistan with all relevant institutions in counter human trafficking commission.

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