Make Mothers Matter (MMM), backed by key global personalities and organisations, is kicking off the #RaiseAPen campaign with a strong mobilisation video, answering the call of mothers in Afghanistan for the continued right to education for their girls.
Staffan de Mistura, former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan who is championing the #RaiseAPen campaign said: “This call is very timely. In Afghanistan, there can be no sustainable peace without education for all, but most importantly, education for women and girls who represent 51% of the population”.
Much of Afghanistan’s progress over the last 18 years can be attributed to the power of the pen and the resilience of Afghan women themselves, who have fought to bring about meaningful change.
Today, many are visible, active and impactful in diverse spheres of life, seizing opportunities wherever they find them. From politics to activism, entrepreneurship to industry, they are determined to realise their vision of an Afghanistan where every woman can live in peace and enjoy her rights.
But there is much that still needs to happen to allow more Afghan girls and women to participate in the development of their country.
MMM President Anne-Claire de Liedekerke commented: “The #RaiseAPen campaign comes at a crucial moment in Afghanistan’s history. No one wants a reverse to years of progress. This is why today, with Afghan mothers and girls, we #RaiseAPen to ensure a forward movement by raising global awareness for their call”.
Only through our collective voices can the noise be loud enough to be heard and acted upon.
This mobilisation video is a tribute to all those who believe that standing for the education of girls in Afghanistan is standing for the education of girls everywhere.
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