According to the chairwoman of the Afghan Women Council, international organizations such as the UN have disappointed thousands of Afghan refugees who are living in extremely undesirable circumstances in various refugee camps throughout the world.
Fatana Ishaq Gialani said that the crisis is particularly dreadful for women and children: "The Afghan women in Afghanistan are leading extremely miserable lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We, the Afghan women, have serious complaints against Muslim rulers, particularly those of Pakistan and the Pakistani ulema, for ignoring them in this difficult time. The Pakistani politicians and the ulema have never contacted the Taliban as to why they have deprived the Afghan women of their basic human rights." Gialani also noted that Afghans are concerned that their children will have no opportunity to receive an education and concerned because they have no jobs and healthcare facilities.
Gialani added, "The women of Afghanistan are living like prisoners under the rule of the Taliban. Although the Taliban claim they have given women their rights according to the Islamic injunctions, they are contradicting their own claims by not allowing the women to get education and health facilities in their war-torn country. The Afghan women can not even raise their voice for the solution of their problems."
The UN and other international organizations have only begun to prepare reports on the status of Afghan refugees. Gialani claims that UN officials wish to solve the war-torn country's problems overnight, which is impossible to achieve. She reports that Afghan people have lost faith in the UN, and that organizations claiming to help had little interest in aiding Afghan refugees.
Media Resources: Foreign Press Report- July 23, 1999
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .