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Date: Sun Oct 21 2001 - 06:59:30 PDT


Maybe you all know how to do this. Hope you will sign this and send it on!!!
 Gail

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Dear People,

Recently, the editor of Chatelaine (Sally Armstrong, ex Homemaker's
Editor) was interviewed on CBC radio. She had just returned from a
trip to Afghanistan to see the present state of affairs for herself,
having been told the situation had "improved". She stated that the
situation has deteriorated even further, as is detailed in the
following message.

She noted that there has been a worldwide outcry against the
Taliban's recent destruction of ancient Buddhist statues, far more
vocal than any outcry against the Taliban's destruction of Afghan
women! With the speed and scope of Email, we can, if we persist,
provide not 9,000, but 9,000,000 signatures to the governments of the
free world. Let's do it!

Subject: Afghani women - If you decide not to forward this, please
send it back to me. This is an actual petition, and "signatures" will
be lost if you drop the line. Please take a few minutes out of your
life to do your part for our sisters in Afghanistan. Be sure to
include other members of your household who are willing to sign.
Oprah recently had a show about this atrocity and it was
heartbreaking.

Petition to the United Nations Background Information: Madhu, the
government of Afghanistan, is waging a war upon women. Since the
Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have
been beaten and stoned in public for not having the proper attire,
even if this means simply not having the mesh covering in front of
their eyes. One woman was beaten to death by an angry mob of
Fundamentalists for accidentally exposing her arm(!) while she was
driving.

Another was stoned to death for trying to leave the country with a
man that was not her relative. Women are not allowed to work or even
go out in public without a male relative; professional women such as
professors, translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers have
been forced from their jobs and restricted to their homes.

Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so
that she can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes
so that they are never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for
the slightest misbehaviour. Because they cannot work, those without
male relatives or husbands are either starving to death or begging in
the street, even if they hold PhDs.

Depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached emergency
levels. There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to know
the suicide rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating
that the suicide rate among women must be extraordinarily high: those
who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe depression
and would rather take their lives than live in such conditions.

At one of the rare hospitals for women, reporter found still, nearly
lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their
burqua, unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly waste
away. Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,
perpetually rocking or crying, most of them in fear. It is at the
point where the term "human rights violations" has become an
understatement.

Husbands have the power of life and death over their women relatives,
especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as much right to
stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh
or offending them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative
freedom: to work, to dress generally as they wanted, and to drive and
appear in public alone until only 1996.

The rapidity of this transition is the main reason for the depression
and suicide; Women who were once educators or doctors or simply used
to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and treated as
subhuman in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not
their tradition or 'culture', but it is alien to them, and it is
extreme even for those cultures where fundamentalism is the rule.
Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are
women in a Muslim country.

If we can threaten military force in Kosovo the name of human rights
for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world can certainly
express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and injustice
committed against women by the Taliban.

STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of
women in Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves action
by the United Nations and that the current situation overseas will
not be tolerated.

Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere, and it is UNACCEPTABLE
for women in 2001 to be treated as subhuman and as so much property.
Equality and human decency is a fundamental RIGHT, not a freedom to
be granted, whether one lives in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

DIRECTIONS: PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message, sign the
bottom and forward it to everyone on your distribution lists. If you
receive this list with more than 300 names on it, please e-mail copy
of it to:

sarabande@brandeis.edu

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