Social Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:00:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Hundreds Needy Families Received Humanitarian Aids http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44134-hundreds-needy-families-received-humanitarian-aids.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44134-hundreds-needy-families-received-humanitarian-aids.html Hundreds Needy Families Received Humanitarian Aids

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Herat (BNA) Hundreds of needy families were assisted in Herat.
The donations included flour, rice, oil, blanket, Tarpaulin and household items.
Herat media office said in a newsletter that 400 families are in need of food were helped during this period.
These families have suffered severe financial losses as a result of war, floods and spread of the Corona virus.
T. Yarzada

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Social Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:49:41 +0000
ARCS Assist Deserved Families http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44117-arcs-assist-deserved-families.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44117-arcs-assist-deserved-families.html ARCS Assist Deserved Families

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) assisted food to 250 deserved families in Ghazni.
The materials included rice, oil, beans, salt, tea, sugar and biscuits.
An official of ARCS in Ghazni told BNA that these families were in financial trouble due to the war and the spread of the Coronavirus and need help.
The office says it continues to provide assistance to needy families in Afghanistan.
T. Yarzada

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Social Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:10:02 +0000
Internal Aid Foundations Assist Deserved Families http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44112-internal-aid-foundations-assist-deserved-families.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44112-internal-aid-foundations-assist-deserved-families.html Internal Aid Foundations Assist Deserved Families

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Food items was distributed to 300 families in Nangarhar today.
The head of Nangarhar media office told BNA that domestic aid foundations distributed flour, oil and bean to 300 families who lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jalalabad city.
He said the distribution of the aid continues.
T. Yarzada

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Social Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:13:35 +0000
Poor Families Received Humanitarian Assistance http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44107-poor-families-received-humanitarian-assistance.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44107-poor-families-received-humanitarian-assistance.html Poor Families Received Humanitarian Assistance

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Dozens of poor and needy families in Kandahar received humanitarian aid packages.
The aid included, household items, clothing, tarpaulins and blanket, which were made available to ninety displaced families through the Kandahar Immigration Department.
The Kandahar media office said in a newsletter that the families had been displaced from the villages to the Maiwand district market due to the war and floods.
T. Yarzada

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Social Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:45:11 +0000
Zheri District Citizens Access to Electricity http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44106-zheri-district-citizens-access-to-electricity.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44106-zheri-district-citizens-access-to-electricity.html Zheri District Citizens Access to Electricity

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) For the first time, the citizens of Zheri District, Kandahar have access to electricity.
Officials of the province say that with the extension and construction of the power station, 4,000 of its residents gained energy in the first place.
Moheb-ul-Rehman Momand, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Breshna Company told BNA that with the construction of the power station, electricity has been transferred to Zheri District by the foundations.
He said at least 4,000 families now have access to electricity.
The citizens of Zheri district are happy with the access to electricity and consider it to be their prosperity and progress.
T. Yarzada

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Social Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:44:44 +0000
Disaster Management Department of Logar Assist Poor Families http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44098-disaster-management-department-of-logar-assist-poor-families.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44098-disaster-management-department-of-logar-assist-poor-families.html Disaster Management Department of Logar Assist Poor Families

Monday, September 21, 2020
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) The Disaster Management Department of Logar assisted cash to needy families.
Matiullah Ahmadzai, Logar's director of disaster relief, told BNA that the office distributed 350,000 Afghanis cash to families affected by disaster in Logar.
A number of provincial officials were also present during the distribution of the aid.
T. Yarzada

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Social Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:30:36 +0000
Amusement Park Opened in Herat http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44094-amusement-park-opened-in-herat.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44094-amusement-park-opened-in-herat.html Amusement Park Opened in Herat

Monday, September 21, 2020
Herat (BNA) An amusement family park opened in Herat.
The park has been spectacularly built by the private sector.
There is a green area, water and waterfall ponds, lights and ornaments, a restaurant, chairs for families and sports equipment inside the park.
In part of this park, there is a place for children to have fun and play.
Herat Governor Seyed Abdul Wahid Qatali during the opening ceremony of the park, asked the citizens to protect public places and recreation areas as well as their homes.
The owner of this amusement park says that he has spent three hundred thousand dollars to build it.
T. Yarzada

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Social Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:27:30 +0000
Deserved Families Received Aids http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44092-deserved-families-received-aids.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44092-deserved-families-received-aids.html Deserved Families Received Aids

Monday, September 21, 2020
Herat (BNA) Hundreds of needy families received humanitarian aid in Herat.
These families have suffered huge financial losses as a result of wars, floods and the spread of the Coronavirus.
According to BNA, flour, oil, rice, bean slabs and tea were distributed to four hundred families in the city.
These aids were provided by domestic and foreign aid foundations.
T. Yarzada

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Social Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:24:56 +0000
Flood Affected Families Received Aids http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44068-flood-affected-families-received-aids.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44068-flood-affected-families-received-aids.html Flood Affected Families Received Aids

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Bazarak (BNA) Food and home appliances items were distributed to 150 families affected by the recent floods in Panjshir.
Ahmad Zia Yazdani, head of Panjshir Disaster Managemen office told BNA that the provincial emergency committee had provided 50 kilograms of flour, 27 liters of oil, 20 kilograms of rice and milk to each of the families affected by the recent floods in the province.
He said a number of Panjshir local government officials were also present when the aid was distributed.
T. Yarzada

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Social Sat, 19 Sep 2020 10:58:48 +0000
Allowing Mothers' Names on Birth Certificates a 'Significant' Milestone for Women's Rights http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44060-allowing-mothers-names-on-birth-certificates-a-significant-milestone-for-womens-rights.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/social/item/44060-allowing-mothers-names-on-birth-certificates-a-significant-milestone-for-womens-rights.html Allowing Mothers' Names on Birth Certificates a 'Significant' Milestone for Women's Rights

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  For over four years now, occasionally a campaign on Afghan social media would pop-up to recognize women’s identities as they ask, “Where is my name?” The nascent movement takes form but fades after a while.
This time again, the campaign has picked up steam and even been submitted to the House of Representatives.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has signed an amendment allowing mothers' names to be included on their children's birth certificates, after a three-year campaign by women's rights activists.
Using the hashtag #WhereIsMyName, campaigners pushed for the right of women to be named on official documents including children's birth certificates, which previously named only the father.
The President signed the amendment after Parliament had delayed passing the changes, which were scheduled for discussion last week.
"I feel like a bird in a cage whose door has just been opened, achieving the dream of flying in the sky," said activist Sonia Ahmadi, who joined the campaign when it began in 2017.
"My feeling of happiness may seem ridiculous for women in other countries, but when we live in a society where women are physically and spiritually excluded, achieving such basic rights is a big and difficult task."
#WhereIsMyName campaigners are fighting an ingrained Afghan tradition that states using a woman's name in public brings shame on the family. Instead, women are publicly referred to by the name of their closest male relatives.
Their own names are generally not present on documents, on their wedding invitations or even on their own gravestones.
"In a society where everything is against women and they work to keep women down, this is a big step forward," Ahmadi said.
The Afghan cabinet's legal affairs committee said the move was a significant achievement. "The decision to include the mother's name in the ID card is a big step towards gender equality and the realization of women's rights," the committee said in a statement.
The movement, which began in the city of Herat but has since expanded worldwide, has faced opposition in the conservative and patriarchal Muslim country.
During a joint press conference with local authorities and the founders of the movement, Herat Governor Wahid Qattali said he feared there would be resistance to the change.
But Qattali showed his full support for the move, even asking local journalists to include his own mother's name, Zahida, in their reports. "I did nothing for my mother in the past. But I want to grant my Mother this gift to not hide her identity anymore."
Heather Barr, co-director of Human Rights Watch's women's rights division, said while there was still a long way to go, this move forward was "super significant".
"It's one small piece of a much larger puzzle of ways in which women's rights are still systemically violated including by a discriminatory legal system," she said.
"But it's really significant because as long as women's names don't appear on identification cards, don't appear in public records, their identities really don't exist, and a lot of their legal rights don't exist."
Barr said until now, basic things — like school registration, obtaining health care or a passport for their children or travelling with them — have been impossible for Afghan mothers to do without the father present.
"It's a step toward changing a society in which throughout your life you're really seen, first, as the property of your father and then as the property of your husband and then actually as the property of your son," Ms Barr told the ABC. "It's really a testament to their determination that it's gotten as far as it has."
Rohina Shahabi, a spokeswoman for National Statistics and Information of Afghanistan (NSIA), said once implemented, the inclusion of a mother's name along with the father's will be mandatory.
But she said implementing the changes would take time. "We have to receive an official order to start working on the change," Shahabi told the ABC.
"It is too early to say how long it will take. Our team must look into our facilities and our practical capacity and then they will be able to say how long." But Shahabi said the changes would be made as soon as possible.
"One thing I can assure you is that NSIA is so serious about this issue."

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