Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

February-17-11

Afghan Women's Leaders Fight Proposed Shelter Regulation

Afghan women's leaders announced at a press conference this morning in Kabul that they will fight the proposed regulation and any attempt of the government to take over battered women and girls shelters, currently run by non-profit women's organizations. Leaders at the conference, organized by the Afghan Women's Network, which is comprised of some 75 women's groups and 4,500 members, voiced their concern that the regulation will prevent women from receiving the immediate shelter and support they need.

Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, stated, "The Feminist Majority Foundation and women's groups throughout the nation support the efforts of Afghan women's organizations in their work to provide desperately needed assistance to women and girls suffering from violence."

The Afghan Women's Network stated in its press release, "Independent safe-houses were started because our government failed to meet the basic human needs of women, and whose ineffective management of emergency shelter led to repeated attempted suicides by women...The Afghan Women's Network believes that the first concern of any regulation, policy or law should be the protection of the citizen, not the control over foreign resources or saving 'honor.'"

The proposed regulation would require women fleeing domestic violence situations to appear before an eight-person government panel before obtaining shelter. A government committee would determine whether women can be admitted to a shelter or if they should be jailed or returned to their families. If admitted to the shelter, women would then be required to submit to physical examinations, which could include a virginity test. Moreover, women could be forced to leave the shelter if their families requested that they return.

Ten years ago there were no shelters for abused women in Afghanistan. Currently, there are approximately 14 shelters.

Media Resources: Afghan Women's Network Press Statement 2/17/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 2/11/11; Reuters 2/10/11; New York Times 2/10/11; Irish Times 2/9/11; UPI 2/10/11


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
 
6/30/2015 Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome - On June 27, at about 6:30 AM, Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina's Statehouse and removed the confederate flag. . . .
 
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature. This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts. In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .