Abingdon School hosted an exciting event on 7 March to mark the 2024 International Women’s Day. The free event helped to raise awareness of the issues affecting young women and girls as well as inspiring others to make a positive contribution towards those issues. It included presentations from writer and commentator, Shabnam Nasimi; Equality and Diversity Adviser, Samaneh Savadi; Afghanistan’s first female Diplomat, Roya Rahmani; Professor Anne Goriely and Professor Hashem Koohy, both from the University of Oxford; Civic leader and advocate for a better, safer and more equal world, Lina Tori Jan; and Summia Tora, an Afghan campaigner for women’s and refugee rights, and social entrepreneur.

Deputy Head Pastoral, Helen Keevil, said of the evening: “This year’s theme for International Women’s Day “Invest in women: Accelerate progress” resonates deeply with our collective aspirations for a world where gender equality is not just a distant dream but a tangible reality. As we continue this journey towards empowerment and equality, it is imperative that our students play a crucial role in shaping the narrative and fostering an environment of inclusivity and support for all. That’s why events such as the one organised by Ms Sabah are so important. Last night’s event has provided food for thought and the confidence (tempered with humility) to speak up against injustice and challenge the status quo.”

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