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Afghan TV channel invites all-female panel on Women's Day discussion

10:29 PM | 9 Mar, 2023
Afghan TV channel invites all-female panel on Women's Day discussion

The forlorn hope of women's empowerment and independence in Afghanistan is no more a dream as International Women's Day 2023, held annually on March 08, marked the first and rare instance of women coming out in public without worrying about punishment or discrimination. In a surprising turn of events, an Afghan news channel, Tolo News, aired an all-female panel with an audience of women, of course, to celebrate Women’s Day.

This astonishing step taken by the ruling Afghan government came more as a shock considering how many female journalists either left the profession or started working off-air. 

The panel discussion — of three women and one female moderator — however, followed strict dress codes with surgical masks covering their faces while they talked about the position of women in Islam.

“A woman has rights from an Islamic point of view … it is her right to be able to work, to be educated,” said journalist Asma Khogyani during the panel.

Another panelist, former university professor Zakira Nabil said women would continue to find ways to learn and work. “Whether you want it or not, women exist in this society … if it’s not possible to get an education at school, she will learn knowledge at home,” she told the panel.

Ever since the Taliban government took over Afghanistan, women have been banned from schools and universities, and also restricted from NGOs. Marred by alarming economic crises, Afghani women were forced to turn to self-employed work such as tailoring at home.

In light of international criticism and public uproar, the Taliban government continues to defend itself by stating that they respect women’s rights in accordance with their interpretation of Islamic law and Afghan culture.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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