Woman Delegate Protests Selection of Committee Chairmen
Protesting the selection of male commanders as committee chairs at the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan, a female delegate argued on the floor of the Loya Jirga that these mujahadeen fighters brought war to Afghanistan and should be tried in international courts. Malalai Joya, a delegate from the Farah Province, asked the Loya Jirga why they selected as committee chairmen "those criminals who have brought these disasters for the Afghan people," according to the Associated Press. According to Agence France Presse, dozens of angry mujahadeen delegates stood up and rushed the stage shouting,"Allah akbar" (God is great) and demanded her expulsion.
Women delegates protested earlier this week arguing that their male colleagues are trying to shut them out of leadership positions and that the men treat the women like second-class citizens.
The Loya Jirga is meeting in Afghanistan to debate the current draft of the constitution. The draft does not contain provisions that adequately protect women's rights and human rights. Women's rights and human rights advocates are worried that even the limited rights guaranteed in the current draft of the constitution may be negotiated away in an attempt to win votes for a strong presidential system. According to Agence France Presse, formal debates on the 160-article constitution have yet to begin.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .