Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

March-31-98

U.N. Threatens to Leave Afghanistan

U.N. officials warned Afghanistan’s Taliban militia group that it will pull out of the country entirely unless the U.N. is “allowed to do its job.” This includes permitting women to work outside the home, opening schools to girls, and allowing women to obtain sufficient health care. U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said that if the U.N. is not allowed to operate as it does in 184 other countries, “we should pack up and go.”

The U.N. already ended all its operations in southern Afghanistan last week. The move was a protest against attacks on its staff by the Taliban governor of Kandahar, Mullah Hassan Akhund, and a Taliban decree that prohibits foreign Muslim women from leaving their homes unless accompanied by her father, brother or husband.

Brahimi said that it is not just southern Afghanistan that poses a problem for U.N. workers, “Elsewhere we are not happy ... we are having more and more difficulty.” Brahimi said that the Taliban has tried to control U.N. operations and has continued to demand that it be recognized as Afghanistan’s official government. Currently, the U.N.’s Afghanistan seat on the U.N. Security Council is held by former Afghan President and anti-Taliban alliance leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. The anti-Taliban alliance holds 15% of the country.

Brahimi commented, “The international community has a standard and if you want to be a member of the club you have to abide by the rules.”

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked all governments to stop sending weapons to Afghan groups on either side of the struggle. Annan stressed that as long as the factions were receiving arms the fighting would continue and there would be no chance of either side engaging in “serious political dialogue with one another.”

Annan added that involvement of outside countries has only “exacerbated the tragedy of Afghanistan.”

Feminist News Stories on Afghanistan

Stop Gender Apartheid Now!

Media Resources: AP - March 27/28, 1998


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

9/22/2014 Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception - Two-thirds of American woman now have access to free birth control, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Guttmacher Institute released a study Thursday showing steep increases in the number of women who were able to take full advantage of the ACA birth control benefit. . . .
 
9/22/2014 Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action - An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan over the weekend to demand world leaders take action on climate change. The People's Climate March, which some are calling the single largest call for climate action ever, took place ahead of Tuesday's emergency UN Climate Summit. Joining the march were several labor unions, former Vice President Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton. . . .
 
9/22/2014 New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan - The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced yesterday that the Afghan people have elected Dr. . . .