Guildhall Square to host women’s rights event

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SCHOOL and college students will hold an event in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square tomorrow campaigning for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

The Amnesty International Kites for Women’s Rights event has been organised by students from Portsmouth College, Priory School, Portsmouth High School, South Downs College and Portsmouth Grammar School.

Participants will be encouraging people to colour in a small kite template to be included in a visual petition to Foreign Secretary William Hague, calling on him to make women’s rights a priority at the upcoming Bonn Conference in Germany.

Hannah Wright, who has helped organise the event, said: ‘At the conference, there will be talks with representatives from the Taliban, trying to come to some kind of peace agreement.

‘There is a very real concern that women’s rights will be traded away for peace with the Taliban.

‘The concern is that if the Taliban gain any kind of political power or influence then women’s rights may simply disappear.

‘Women are seriously under-represented at the conference, with only one women speaker over the three days.’

The event starts at 12pm.