The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) postponed a demonstration slated for December 27 in Peshawar, Pakistan after a man who claiming to be a spokesperson for the Taliban threatened to break the legs of protesters.
The man further stated that Taliban laws apply to all Afghans, even those who live in other countries including Pakistan, and that Afghan women are forbidden from leaving their homes and may not protest in the streets.
RAWA sought protection from local police, but later agreed to postpone the protest when the police stated that they were unable to protect RAWA members from the Taliban.
In another related story, human rights organization Amnesty International called for protection for Afghan intellectuals living in Pakistan.
According to BBC World Service, the Taliban has threatened numerous Afghan intellectuals with death, has commanded them to stop all anti-Taliban activities, and is responsible for the murder of at least four well-known Afghan intellectuals.
Media Resources: Frontier Post - December 27, 1998 and BBC World Service
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .