In a stunning victory for the Feminist Majority's "Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan!" campaign, Unocal Corporation has withdrawn its support from plans to build an $8 billion dollar oil pipeline through Afghanistan.
The New York Times reported Saturday that low oil prices, pressure from feminist groups, and concern over the Taliban's harboring of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden all contributed to Unocal's decision.
The article cited Mavis Leno's appearance at a Unocal shareholders meeting and the Feminist Majority's attempts to petition the State of California to revoke Unocal's charter as actions which influenced Unocal.
California-based oil company Unocal had previously issued statements indicating that it had postponed its work on the pipeline project. On Saturday, Unocal's participation in the Central Asia Gas consortium (Centgas), a consortium of companies slated to build the pipeline, officially ended. Unocal also closed three of its four offices in the nearby Caspian region republics.
The energy pipeline would have provided Afghanistan's repressive Taliban regime with $150 million in profits each year. While Unocal's abandonment of the pipeline project is good news, Afghan women are still being imprisoned in their homes and denied their basic human rights.
Go to our Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Web page to find out what you can do to help free Afghan women!
Media Resources: New York Times - December 5, 1998
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .