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

December-10-98

Afghan Women Testify To Taliban Terrors at UN Mock Tribunal

Women who have suffered human rights violations appeared at a UN mock tribunal last night, the eve of today's 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Speaking out on issues such as domestic violence, abuse, and the denial of rights that women face every day, the women's appearance served as a testimony to the world that there is still a long way to go until equality between the sexes is realized.

"Fifty years after governments of the world proclaimed the fundamental principles of human rights for all, women throughout the world remain woefully unprotected," stated Charlotte Bunch, director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutger's University.

Women from Afghanistan recounted suffering they endured from the Taliban, the brutal militia that now controls 90 percent of Afghanistan and has banned women from work, school, and proper medical care.

Zarghuna Waziri testified of her suffering under the Taliban due to her gender. She described being beaten unconscious for lifting a corner of her face covering so she could breathe. Waziri told of another beating she endured with other women and children while waiting at a Kabul hospital.

"Sick babies in their mothers' arms fell on the floor," she said. "And then the Taliban started beating doctors with whips and metal cables. We kept asking why? Why are you beating us?"

Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan!

Media Resources: AP - December 12, 1998


© 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

4/18/2014 Texas Hospitals Revoke Admitting Privileges to Abortion Providers - Reproductive health access in Texas continues to vanish in the wake of HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill that, among other things, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in order to keep their clinics open. . . .
 
4/18/2014 Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation - Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene. "Darmouth's promise is being hijacked by high-risk and harmful behaviors, behaviors that are hurting too many of our students, dividing us as a community and distracting from our important work of teaching and learning," Hanlon said. . . .
 
4/17/2014 Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban - A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v. . . .