Afghan Rights Activist Expects Death; Aid Agency Scales Down Operations
A leading Afghan women’s rights activist, Malaly Joya, expects to be killed for her opposition against former warlords. According to Joya, “I know that if not today, then probably tomorrow, I will be physically annihilated,” reports BBC News. During the Loya Jirga in 2003, Joya protested the exclusion of women during the selection of committee chairs to the Loya Jirga. Joya faced several death threats after she spoke out against former rulers in Afghanistan, asking that they be tried in international courts for bringing wars to Afghanistan, and was placed under United Nations protection. According to Joya, even months later her family is still not safe.
Meanwhile, a United Nations refugee agency announced that it was cutting down its operations in southeastern Afghanistan. Last week, two Afghan aid workers, working for the a German relief agency called Malteser Germany and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, were killed in Gardez, Afghanistan. According to Reuters, a spokesman for the United Nations aid agency stated “we have put all staff travel in the southeast on hold while we review the situation. We do not operate in areas where we don’t feel secure.”
The French aid group, Doctors Without Borders, ended its work in Afghanistan after 24 years because five of its employees were killed this past June. According to Reuters, more than thirty aid workers have been killed during the past year in Afghanistan.
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. . . .