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The News Minute | March 6, 2015 | 09:53 am IST 

A group of around 20 Afghan men on Thursday marched across Kabul wearing burqas, in an effort to draw attention to women's rights ahead of the International Women's Day on March 8.

The men who organised the march belong to a group called the Afghan Peace Volunteers and they donned blue burqas covering them from head to toe. One of the men told Reuters"Our authorities will be celebrating International Women's Day in big hotels, but we wanted to take it to the streets". "One of the best ways to understand how women feel is to walk around and wear a burqa."

The demonstrators also carried signs reading "equality," and "Don't tell women what to wear, you should cover your eyes". Several of the men also said that wearing a burqa felt "like a prison", adds the Reuters report. 

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