Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke out in response to an ominous letter from the Taliban in Afghanistan, stating "I think the American people understand that this is a considerable threat." In the letter, Taliban army leader Mullah Mohammed Omar threatened "surprises" against the American people if economic sanctions are imposed on Sunday for its refusal to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List for allegedly masterminding attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa.
Albright reiterated the importance of the economic sanctions against Taliban-dominated Afghanistan, declaring "We have nothing against the Afghan people. We have something against the Taliban that in effect is suppressing its people and has some of the most backward kinds of policies in terms of the way it deals with its people, women particularly."
The Taliban militia has imposed a strict system of gender apartheid against all women living in areas controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban's edicts, which have been brutally enforced, banish most women from the work force, closed schools to girls and expelled women from universities, and prohibited women from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a close male relative.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and AP - November 9, 1999
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. . . .