Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Basic human rights denied women for nation in flux

Human rights groups say that Afghan women are being left out of the conversation as world leaders come together to discuss that nation's future. Afghan activist's fear that gains made in women's rights since the fall of the Taliban will be erased after foreign troops leave the country.

Women in Afghanistan have won numerous rights and freedoms since the Taliban-led government was ousted in 2001. Women were not allowed to work, receive an education or leave their homes unless they were escorted by a man under repressive Taliban rule.

Women in Afghanistan have won numerous rights and freedoms since the Taliban-led government was ousted in 2001. Women were not allowed to work, receive an education or leave their homes unless they were escorted by a man under repressive Taliban rule.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Afghanistan, women's rights, NATO, Taliban, nation's future


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Manizha Naderi has concerns about the fate of her nation after 2014, when international forces will have fully withdrawn from Afghanistan after more than a decade of war.

"The whole country could fall apart; civil war could ensue. Everything that we have gained in 10 years can be undone if [the] U.S. and NATO leave too fast or too abruptly," she said.

Women here have won numerous rights and freedoms since the Taliban-led government was ousted in 2001. Women were not allowed to work, receive an education or leave their homes unless they were escorted by a man under repressive Taliban rule.

Much has changed since then. "After they removed [the] Taliban from power, with the support of the international community and NATO, women started to work," Afifa Azim, co-founder of the Afghan Women's Network, an umbrella group of nearly 100 non-governmental organizations says. "Girls returned to school, women worked at public spaces and in the government bodies," she says.

Many worry that this progress will be quickly erased once foreign troops leave. Activists say women are being excluded as NATO leaders meet to discuss the security transition and the future of Afghanistan.

"Women comprise 50 percent of [the] population, and they have not been consulted in any of this, not the transition, not reconstruction, not the negotiations. They haven't been consulted at all," Activist Manizha Naderi says.

On the sidelines of the NATO summit in Chicago, the human rights monitoring group Amnesty International issued an open letter, urging U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to keep their promise to safeguard women's rights and freedoms.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, who both signed the declaration, offers steps to protect Afghan women's rights.

"Afghan women [should be] participating in both the national and the local level in the peace process - in the planning, in the negotiations and the execution," Frank Jannuzi, Deputy Executive Director of Amnesty International's Washington office says. 

"We would like to see a trust fund established to ensure that Afghan women and also civil society will be supported in the years ahead," he says.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says that "We have to figure out why, and to persuade everybody that having women's rights and women being on various groups is the best way to ensure a better life for everybody, not just for women, but for everybody."

With three million girls in school and roughly a third of parliamentary seats held by women in Afghanistan, Amnesty International and other groups want to see women make up 30 percent of the negotiating teams involved in peace talks to end the Afghan war.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

There's always the Sun: Bangladesh takes steps to become the 'first solar nation' Watch

Image of The Bangladeshi government aims to provide electricity to all of the country's households by 2021.

By Pantho Rahaman, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home. DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - ... continue reading


Who will win China's war on women? 33 million more men than women in China Watch

Image of China has the largest disparity between men and women; there are 33 million more men than women in China.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China's ongoing issue with a growing population and a disparity in the numbers between each gender is only getting worse; as 2014 there were 33 million more men in China than women. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China's longstanding family restrictions and ... continue reading


India turns on Christians; 2014's wave of religious terror leaves many fearing state-sponsored persecution to come Watch

Image of 2014 saw a wave of violence in India as Hindu nationalists targeted Christians. Five people died and thousands were subjected to violence.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Last year was not a great year for Christianity. Persecution and murder were rampant in the Middle East-especially in Syria and Iraq-throughout Africa and even India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2014, India saw a wave of violence towards Christians that ... continue reading


Death of the red dragon? Why China's economic boom is about to bust Watch

Image of One of China's many ghost towns. Built at the height of a massive real estate boom, many Chinese cities and suburbs now lay empty.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long the boogie man of the United States and the west, China's economic growth has slammed to a halt, hitting its slowest rate since 1990. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.S. needn't be afraid of the lurking threat of Chinese economic hegemony, as the Asian ... continue reading


How did President Obama know North Korea was behind the Sony hack? Because we hacked them first! Watch

Image of Access to the Internet is highly limited in North Korea, and only a select few individuals of high rank in the Communist party may access it unfiltered and restricted.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many Internet security experts and firms were quick to question President Barack Obama's claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in December of 2014, especially so soon after the hacks took place. But the New York Times has ... continue reading


Barbarically appalling death penalty executions revived in Indonesia, starting with two female drug smugglers Watch

Image of Hurting from drug use, Indonesia begins executing death row drug smugglers.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Six drug smugglers were shot dead by firing squads in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest drug market. 40 to 50 people die each day from drugs in Indonesia, according to the National Anti-Narcotic Agency. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Trying to protect the people ... continue reading


In Manilla, Pope Francis condemns mankind for destroying the environment Watch

Image of Pope Francis wore a rain poncho during much of his time in Manila, and left early to avoid an incoming tropic storm.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There's a new voice speaking out on climate change, as Pope Francis entered the ring, calling on mankind to fulfill the charge they were given by God to steward the world and all of creation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis made his remarks at a ... continue reading


Spread the Reign of Christ Throughout the World! Pope Francis Tells Crowd of 7 Million in the Philippines Watch

Image of May the Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus) continue to bless the Philippines and may he sustain the Christians of this great nation in their vocation to be witnesses and missionaries of the joy of the Gospel, in Asia and in the whole world.- Pope Francis

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Sometimes, when we see the troubles, difficulties and wrongs all around us, we are tempted to give up. It seems that the promises of the Gospel do not apply; they are unreal. But the Bible tells us that the great threat to God's plan for us is, and always has ... continue reading


Jesus is Lord! He Never Lets Us Down! Evangelical Catholic Pope Francis Speaks to Faithful in Taclobban, Philippines Watch

Image of Pope Francis preaches the Good News in Tacloban, Philippines.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

I've come to tell you that Jesus is Lord, and he never lets us down. Jesus is there, nailed to the cross, and from there he does not let us down. He was consecrated as Lord on that throne and there he experienced all the calamities that we experience. The Lord ... continue reading


Abducted for 24 years! This Chinese family is reunited at last Watch

Image of Sun Bin, reunited with his father Sun Youhong for the first time in 24 years.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Chinese man who was abducted as a toddler back in 1991 has been reunited with his father after 24 years. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Sun Bin was taken from his father at a market when he was just four-years-old. He was sold to a family in Jiangsu province on ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 9:15, 24-28
15 This makes him the mediator of a new covenant, so ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm] Sing a new song to Yahweh, for he has ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 3:22-30
22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 26th, 2015 Image

St. Timothy
January 26: Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter