Feminists Protest Taliban Official’s Visit to State Department
In violation of a recent United Nations Security Council sanction against the Taliban regime, which currently occupies 95 percent of Afghanistan, a senior official from the Taliban Foreign Ministry traveled to the U.S. on Tuesday and spoke at the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS). The UN sanction imposed on the Taliban included restricting the travel of top Taliban officials except for the purposes of peace negotiations, humanitarian reasons or religious obligations. The Feminist Majority and other women’s rights groups, Afghan refugees and Afghan-American supporters rallied outside the ACUS in protest of the reception given to the Taliban official.
The Taliban has violated international human rights laws and has imposed brutal gender apartheid on the women of Afghanistan, barring them from school and work, forcing them to remain in their homes unless accompanied by a close male relative, and requiring all women to wear the oppressive burqa garment with only a mesh of fabric through which to see and breathe. The warring and gender apartheid has driven hundreds of thousands of Afghan women and children from their homes to overcrowded refugee camps. At least 1 million Afghans, mostly women and children, face death from famine and drought.
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. . . .