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-28-02

U.S., France Reject Expansion of International Troops in Afghanistan

In spite of pleas from both the United Nations and the Afghan Administration for an expansion of the 4,800-member International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the United States and France made their opposition official by telling the UN Security Council that the ISAF would not be expanded. U.S. representative James Cunningham and French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte both agreed that though the security situation in Afghanistan is a major concern, it could be better addressed by an Afghan national army and police force. By most estimates, the training of such an all-Afghan force would take at least 18 months to complete and would present an innumerable amount of challenges possibly prolonging the process.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated that expanding the ISAF top major cities in Afghanistan “would significantly minimize the likelihood of large-scale hostilities erupting again between existing armed factions” which are still prevalent in the country. There have been reports that several people have been arrested or harassed by private militias in various parts of the country for speaking in favor of the Loya Jirga. Not only are there security concerns surrounding the convening of the Loya Jirga, but as Hossain, a UN investigation, stated in response to the U.S. and France’s opposition, “security lapses could jeopardize the whole transition process.”

The Feminist Majority has been urging the U.S. government to support an expansion of international security troops in Kabul and other areas of Afghanistan in order to provide women and children greater safety. Even though schools have recently reopened and women are now allowed to work, they still fear the warlords of the past and see the international force as providing them a greater degree of protection. Without such protection, many women are still fearful of leaving their homes for school or work. The need for security in Afghanistan is a crucial component of the reconstruction process and must be addressed immediately if the international community is sincere in assisting Afghanistan in its transition to a democratic government with an active and productive population.

TAKE ACTION: Support Expansion of International Peacekeeping Forces in Afghanistan for Women’s Security

Media Resources: Reuters, 3/27/02 & 3/26/02; Feminist Majority


© 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

4/22/2014 US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index - The Social Progress Imperative recently released its 2014 Social Progress Index, ranking the United States in 16th place among 132 countries. Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, a Republican who led the report team, told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he was surprised by the ranking. . . .
 
4/22/2014 Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers - The Florida State Supreme Court ruled last week that pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Florida employment law. The 6-1 decision allows Peguy Delva to proceed with her lawsuit against her employer, real estate developer Continental Group. . . .
 
4/21/2014 Arizona Governor Signs Bill Allowing Suprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant. HB 2284 repeals an Arizona law that requires a judge to give approval for inspections of abortion clinics. . . .