Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai stated his support for Afghan women’s rights last week by signing the Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women. Drafted in 2000 by participants in the Conference for Women of Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, the Declaration affirms women’s right to personal safety, the right to physical and mental health, the right to institutional education, the right not to wear the burqa, and the right to equal protection under the law. “This is extremely important,” said Nasrine Gross, an Afghan-American who leads grassroots activities in the U.S. for the Paris-based Association to Support the Women of Afghanistan (NEGAR) and who was with Karzai at the signing. “His signature puts on the record to his Cabinet and to all of Afghanistan in what direction the country will be going.” Five Afghan women were present at the signing where Karzai stressed that women’s rights were a part of Afghan tradition and the nature of Islam.
The Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women was derived from the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Afghan Constitutions of 1964 and 1977.
Media Resources: Knight Ridder News Service, 1/16/02; Feminist Majority
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .