International Women's Alliance Condemns Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism
At a weekend meeting in Copenhagen regarding the status of women's rights around the world, the International Women's Alliance called for an end to religious fundamentalism and extremism.
"Fundamentalism -- be it Christian, Jewish, or Moslem ... is a constant threat to women," the Alliance asserted. "It is a major obstacle to accomplishing our goals of equality between the sexes," said the group's head, Pat Giles.
The International Women's Alliance listed the "ratification and application, without reserve" of CEDAW, the Convention to Elimination All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, as one of the group's primary goals.
Afghanistan's Taliban regime is an example of just how pernicious religious fundamentalism can be for women. Claiming to be carrying out the will of God, the repressive Taliban regime has exacted its own, harsh interpretation of Islam on Afghan women. Under the brutal regime, women are banned from working, attending school, and even leaving their homes without a male relative to chaperone them.
An Afghan refugee who has lived in Denmark since 1997 and participated in last weekend's conference urged "international solidarity to help Afghan women repressed on a daily basis by the Taliban regime."
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. . . .