Women and Children from the region in Shoamali, Afghanistan are being forced from their homes by the Taliban regime, who controls 90% of Afghanistan. An estimate by the United Nations says that up to 20,000 women and children have been forced from their homes in the last month. "There emerges a systematic pattern of men arrested, a few killed, and women and children separated and put into buses," states Radhika Coomaraswamy, special U.N. envoy.
One woman, known as Urya, was forced into a pickup truck packed with other women and sent to Pakistan. Urya was taken to Jalalabad, 60 miles east of Kabul on the road to Pakistan, but residents did not welcome refugees. "They offered to pay the Taliban to send us back to our homes, but the militiamen refused." Some Shomali women were not transported by truck but were forced to walk the days journey to Kabul. "They just told us to get out," said a woman who gave her name only as Qudzia.
Media Resources: New York Times and AP - September 20, 1999
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. . . .