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

June-26-02

Sens. Boxer and Biden Press for Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Joseph Biden (D-DE) pushed for the expansion of peace troops in Afghanistan today in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the matter. Testifying before the committee, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage did not commit US support of an expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The hearing room was packed with women’s rights supporters from the Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women (NOW), NOW Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now and the Women’s Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan. Both Senators acknowledged the presence of the feminist supporters and mentioned that security was the number one priority for Afghan women.

Both Armitage and Wolfowitz gave indirect responses to pointed questions from Biden, who asked whether or not the US would not to be part of the ISAF. In the same vein, Boxer asked how the US could oppose an expansion. “Why is there this hesitation when it isn’t going to be American troops?” Boxer asked. “It was this very lack of security that led to the rise of the Taliban in the first place.” Biden and Boxer also pushed for funding of a central government rather than funding the warlords that have been tied to violence and intimidation in recent weeks. “There’s concern that the warlords all have their own agenda…with no allegiance to the central government,” Biden posed.

The Feminist Majority Foundation along with other women’s rights, human rights and humanitarian aid organizations have requested for months that the number and jurisdiction of international peacekeeping troops be expanded in Kabul and beyond to ensure safe and secure conditions for the people of Afghanistan. Recent threats against women’s rights leader Dr. Sima Samar, Minister of Women’s Affairs, and other outspoken advocates to the loya jirga have shown the need for US support of expansion of peace troops, as well as attacks against international aid workers. Several international groups have already left Afghanistan while several others are threatening to leave. Approximately 68 NGOs have joined the United Nations in a plea to the US to expand peacekeeping troops and ensure security throughout the country.
TAKE ACTION Support Expansion of International Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan

Media Resources: Feminist Majority 6/26/02


© 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

11/21/2014 STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds President's Executive Order on Immigration - Statement from Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president: "The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds President Obama for taking much needed executive action to help fix our broken immigration system that has for too long torn hardworking families apart. . . .
 
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .
 
11/21/2014 UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan - United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo's third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by presidential decree in 2009 as "a key step towards the elimination of violence against women and girls."EVAW criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women - including rape, child and forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced self-immolation - and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .