Herat theatre performances promote women’s rights

28 Sep 2015

Herat theatre performances promote women’s rights

HERAT - The rights of young women were the focus of a series of UNAMA-backed theatrical performances last week for hundreds of children at schools in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat.

Actors from the Herat Theatre Department performed the show ‘Brave Women’ to depict the struggles of young women and girls grappling with social issues in a conservative Afghan family.

Following the performances, which are running through this week at other schools in Herat, the actors provided time for students to discuss the drama and interact with the thespians.

A teacher at Saifi High School, Ms. Halima, said ‘Brave Women’ is fascinating and successful: “The comedy components in the show keep you focused and help you understand the messages clearly.”

The Herat performances were broadcast over Ariana television, and, when completed this week, will be packaged with student discussions as a broadcast for Ariana Radio, reaching an estimated two million people in the western region.

UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and relevant international and local non-governmental organizations to assist in the full implementation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights provisions of the Afghan Constitution and international treaties to which Afghanistan is a State party, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights.