The Telegraph ^ | March 6, 2015 | Radhika Sanghani

A group of Afghan men marched through the capital Kabul in burqas to campaign for women’s rights.

The men marched on Thursday dressed head-to-toe in bright blue burqas, clothing that covers with female body and has mesh over the face.

The idea was to draw attention to women’s rights by wearing the clothing that has, for many people, come to symbolise the suppression of women.

It took place ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

“Our authorities will be celebrating International Women’s Day in big hotels, but we wanted to take it to the streets,” activist Basir, 29, told Reuters.

“One of the best ways to understand how women feel is to walk around and wear a burqa.”

Several of the men, who are associated with a group called Afghan Peace Volunteers, said wearing a burqa felt “like a prison”.

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