The U.S. State Department harshly condemned the Taliban's abuse of women in its 1998 human rights report, which was issued on Friday.
The report described how the Taliban has issued harsher and harsher decrees limiting the rights of women since it overtook Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, in September 1996. Under the Taliban's decrees, Afghan women are not allowed to work, to attend school, or to even leave their homes without a close male relative as a chaperone. These decrees apply even to the country's plentiful war widows, who have no male relatives to support them or serve as their chaperones.
The State Department also condemned the Taliban's brutal punishments, which include amputations for theft and stoning to death for adultery and rape. The report also cited the Taliban's harassment of international aid workers, the murder of an Italian aid worker last August, and the Taliban's brutal massacre at Mazar-i-Sharif.
Media Resources: Voice of America - February 27, 1999
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. . . .