supporters can help
women's projects in Afghanistan: See the Australian Support Association
for the Women of Afghanistan site http://www.sawa-australia.org/:
All funds raised will go to RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women
of Afghanistan) projects, so fundraising activities will run with minimum
costs and as much sponsorship as possible. See www.rawa.org
for more information on RAWA projects.
July: Hope lives on... Erica Ahmed writes about the Khewa
refugee camp for Afghanis located on the outskirts of Peshawar.
..."For the youth, especially school-going girls, life in Afghanistan
is characterised by paralyzing physical danger. As a recently
released report by Amnesty International explained, violence against
females in the country is such that "Daily Afghan women are at risk
of abduction and rape by armed individuals. The government is doing
little to improve their condition." Acts of violence against women are
rarely investigated or punished.
Only few schools destroyed during the Taliban-era and subsequent American
invasion have been rebuilt, meaning that very few girls have educational
institutions near their homes..."
31 May: Amnesty
International report: "Women in Afghanistan live
daily with the threat of sexual violence, abduction, forced marriage
and murder, Amnesty International (AI) charged in a new report. The
research was issued just days after Shaima Rezayee, the 24-year-old
female host of a Western-style television program that had drawn condemnation
from religious conservatives, was slain in Kabul—allegedly with the
involvement of her brothers. In the report, Afghanistan:
Women Under Attack, AI underscored that violence against women
in the country remains entrenched and pervasive and that the criminal
justice system not only is ineffective in stopping violence, but often
Elayne Clift: AFGHAN
WOMEN FADE FROM VIEW AS MEDIA TOUTS DEMOCRACY
Continues: reports from the RAWA website
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, is the oldest
political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace,
freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted
Afghanistan since 1977."
See more on RAWA at their English
Human Rights Watch, (New York, May 24, 2005) --
Afghanistan’s security situation has deteriorated significantly in recent
weeks, with a spate of political killings, violent protests, and attacks
on humanitarian workers, Human Rights Watch said today. The instability
comes as President Hamid Karzai visits the United States this week.
The recent violence includes the assassination of a parliamentary candidate
in Ghazni two weeks ago, the murder of three female aid workers, the
kidnapping of an aid worker in Kabul, and clashes between armed factions
in the northern province of Maimana. Read
full report here.
Three Afghan women found dead with warning note
Reuters, May 2, 2005 KABUL, May 2 (Reuters) - Authorities have found
the bodies of three Afghan women, one of whom worked for an aid group,
who were raped, strangled and dumped with a warning for women not to
work for such groups, an official said on Monday.
Aid workers in Afghanistan have been the target of Taliban insurgents,
especially in the insurgency-plagued south and east of the country,
but the three women were found in the northern province of Baghlan,
where Taliban rebels are not active. Read
full report here.
April 2005 - From the Afghan
Media in the United States have greatly exaggerated any victories for
women's rights, and downplayed the conditions of warlordism, oppression
and poverty that still flourish. In a recent trip to Afghanistan, Co-Directors
of the Afghan Women's Mission, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls found
that the situation of women and girls was extremely dire and that little
had changed since the fall of the Taliban.
Read their report: What
the News Media Don't Tell You About Afghanistan
Students at the girls' school at Sarandj/Nimroz
Photo: Mariam Notten
Two years after the start of the US war on Afghanistan: “No justice
and security for women”
a study released on 6 October 2003, “Afghanistan: No justice and
security for women”, Amnesty International reports that:
international community has failed to fulfil its promises to bring
freedom and equality to the women of Afghanistan, Amnesty International
said in a report released today.
’Nearly two years on, discrimination, violence, and insecurity
remain rife, despite promises by world leaders, including President
Bush and US Secretary of State Colin Powell, that the war in Afghanistan
would bring liberation for women,’ the organization emphasized…
read the full
women in Afghanistan, 14
"While we once
again announce our solidarity and deep sorrow with the people of the
US, we also believe that attacking Afghanistan and killing its most
ruined and destitute people will not in any way decrease the grief of
the American people. We sincerely hope that the great American people
could DIFFERENTIATE between the people of Afghanistan and a handful
of fundamentalist terrorists."
Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
to women and peace