The US Senate on July 29 passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein condemning the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan.
The resolution states that Congress "deplores the human rights violations," "condemns the targeted discrimination against women and girls and expressed deep concern regarding the prohibitions on employment and education" in Afghanistan, and "strongly condemns the use of rape or other forms of systematic gender discrimination by any party, faction, of power in Afghanistan as an instrument of war." It also provides that Congress calls on the Taliban to respect women's and girl's rights to education, work, and active participation in all social, political, and economic activities, as well as to protect their personal safety. The resolution also calls for the support of the international community in condemning oppressive behavior in Afghanistan and to support Afghan people both within the country's borders and without.
The Taliban has recently undertaken a raiding spree, smashing the television sets, VCRs, and video equipment of shopholders in Kabul. Deputy vice and virtue minister Mawlawi Qalamuddin said that the armed vice squads would not enter private homes unless they receive reports from neighbors' suspecting un-Islamic activity. The latest edict imposed by the Taliban is that parents have been ordered to give their children Islamic names. The Ministry for Fostering Virtue and Suppressing Vice announced over the radio Tuesday that "vice" names "like Rita, Arita, Parkash, Geeta, and Victor" are not befitting of Muslims.
Media Resources: Agence France Press - July 28 & 29, 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. . . .