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

April-10-02

Assistance and Peace Troops Needed for Women and Human Rights, Says Afghan Official

Addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Shamssuzakir Kazemi, a member of the Afghan Interim Authority UN delegation in Geneva, pledged that the interim government would work “to lay the foundations for a democratic, just progressive Afghanistan.” International assistance and an expansion ofpeace troo[s, added Kazemi, are “essential in order to help the Afghan people obtain their fundamental rights.” Kazemi asked the commission for its support as the Interim Authority moved towards re-establishing human rights and building a “democratic, participatory, transparent, and accountable government.”

In his remarks, Kazemi also commented on a report to the commission filed by Kamal Hossain, saying that the Afghan Interim Authority “fully concurs” with the recommendations Hossain outlined to the commission. These recommendations included an analysis of the Afghan legal system that addresses women’s rights; the immediate repeal of all edicts that discriminate against women and minorities; and the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a peacekeeping force of 4800 troops led by Britain in Kabul.

The Feminist Majority has been leading the call in the U.S. for an expansion of the ISAF for women’s security. Many women in Afghanistan continue to fear violence and the imposition of Taliban-like restrictions by regional warlords. Further, UN and Afghan officials have noted that the immediate expansion of international peace troops is absolutely essential to disarmament, de-escalation of conflicts among warlords, preservation of women's rights and human rights, delivery of humanitarian assistance, and the success of the loya jirga process that will determine the next stage of the transition government.

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

Media Resources: U.S. Department of State, 4/9/02; 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

3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman ‎who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .
 
3/25/2015 Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi - In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. The clinic revealed in a post on their website the details of the attack on what is affectionately referred to by staff and community members as The Pink House. . . .
 
3/17/2015 Vice President Biden Pledges 41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog - Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mikulski (D-MD) spoke yesterday at a Maryland State Police Laboratory to declare their support for a $41 million budget proposal to combat the national backlog of rape kits. "Testing rape kits should be an absolute priority for the United States of America," Vice President Biden said, referring to the estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. . . .