University of Kurdistan Hewler celebrated the International Women's Day on 8th of March on Campus with presence of high ranked guests, staff and students.
The event started with a speech from UKH Vice Chancellor Professor Serwan Baban, he focused on ways of empowering women to rallise their full potential and emphasised two key points; first, Women's rights and human rights are the same thing and should not be separated, hence the society as whole should work hard together to realize our collective human rights. Second; the development process in Kurdistan needs to harness 100% of its human resources and cannot proceed successfully without fully utilising the talents of women, i.e. some 50% of the population. Prof. Baban's speech reflects his continuous support to women to develop, prosper and achieve their aims.
This speech was followed by various activities, comprising poems, short videos and a number of colorful ideas that presented women in various ways. the event was prepared by the Student Union, and was sponsored by START Organization for Social Development.
In the event, eight personalities were awarded by professor Baban; they were people who have an active role in the Kurdish society regarding women's issue and have worked hard to bring equality between men and women.
The International's Women's Day is celebrated at UKH every year. Women empowering and raising awareness is one of the most important features of UKH.