On the website of the United Nations Development Program, the faces of Afghan women have been blacked out and replaced with the hashtag #WhereAreTheWomen as part of an awareness campaign for International Women’s Day on March 8, an acknowledgement that many Afghan women live in fear of having their faces appear in public or having their photographs published. The campaign will last a week, UNDP officials announced.
The campaign aims to highlight the dangers women face in conservative Afghan society, including the high-profile murders of women in recent years, they said. Women’s rights have increasingly come under threat as the country’s government has been wracked by instability and the reemergence of the Taliban, according to the UN.
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