FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADS PROTESTS UNOCAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN
The Feminist Majority led demonstrations with international, human rights, Muslim, and women's groups in Washington DC and Los Angeles today in protest of UNOCAL's business relationship with the repressive Taliban regime. The California-based oil company has made steps to further a partnership with the militant, fundamentalist group, which currently controls much of Afghanistan.
Fifty people from women's rights and Islamic organizations came out to show support for the women of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. At the Washington, D.C. protest, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal urged Unocal to refuse to proceed with negotiations with the Taliban until the rights of women and girls are fully restored.
Since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in 1996, women and girls have been denied their basic human rights. Women are confined to their houses, only allowed to leave with the permission of a close male relative. Women and girls are denied access to health care, work, and education. In addition, women are forced to cover their bodies completely with a burqa, a debilitating and restrictive head-to-toe garment. Penalties for not obeying the Taliban's laws include being stoned, beaten, or shot.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority - July 21, 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. . . .