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  • Kristen Cheney
    Subject: Please read - Women in Afghanistan The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon women. Since the Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 1999
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      Subject: Please read - Women in Afghanistan

      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
      a
      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 stuffed into their homes, so that depression is becoming so
      widespread that it has reached emergency levels.

      There 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, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for
      severe depression and would rather take their lives than live in such

      conditions, has increased significantly.

      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 misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male
      relatives or husbands are either starving to death or begging on the
      street, even if they hold Ph.D.'s.

      There are almost no medical facilities available for women, and relief

      workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking medicine and

      psychologists and other things necessary to treat the sky-rocketing
      level of depression among women. At one of the rare hospitals for
      women, a 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 wasting away. Others have gone mad and were seen
      crouched in corners, perpetually rocking or crying, most of them in
      fear. One doctor is considering, when what little medication that is
      left finally runs out, leaving these women in front of the president's

      residence as a form of peaceful protest.

      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, dress generally as they wanted, and 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 sub-human in the name of right-wing

      fundamentalist Islam. It is not their tradition or 'culture', but 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

      in 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 support
      and
      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 1999 to be treated as sub-human
      and
      so
      much as property. Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom,

      whether one lives in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

      1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France
      2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France
      3) Philippe MOTTE, Grenoble, France
      4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin, France
      5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE
      6) Marie GAUTHIER, Grenoble, FRANCE
      7) Laurent VESCALO, Grenoble,FRANCE
      8) Mathieu MOY, St Egreve, FRANCE
      9) Bernard BLANCHET, Mont St Martin, FRANCE
      10) Tassadite FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE
      11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier, FRANCE
      12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE
      13) Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE
      14) Marie-Therese LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE
      15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers, FRANCE
      16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE
      17) Christian COGNARD, Poitiers, FRANCE
      18) Robert GARDETTE, Paris, FRANCE
      19) Claude CHEVILLARD, Montpellier, FRANCE
      20) gilles FREISS, Montpellier, FRANCE
      21) Patrick AUGEREAU, Montpellier, FRANCE.
      22) Jean IMBERT, Marseille, FRANCE
      23) Jean-Claude MURAT, Toulouse, France
      24) Anna BASSOLS, Barcelona, Spain
      25) Mireia DUNACH, Barcelona, Spain
      26) Michel VILLAZ, Grenoble, France
      27) Pages Frederique, Dijon, France
      28) Rodolphe FISCHMEISTER, Chatenay-Malabry,France
      29) Francois BOUTEAU, Paris, France
      30) Patrick PETER, Paris, France
      31) Lorenza RADICI, Paris, France
      32) Monika Siegenthaler, Bern, Switzerland
      33) Mark Philp, Glasgow, Scotland
      34) Tomas Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden
      35) Jonas Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden
      36) Karin Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden
      37) Ake Ljung, Stockholm, Sweden
      38) Carina Sedlmayer, Stockholm, Sweden
      39) Rebecca Uddman, Stockholm, Sweden
      40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden
      41) Micael Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
      42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
      43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden
      44) Lena Dahl, Stockholm, Sweden
      45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden
      46) Jessica Carlsson, Vaxjo, Sweden
      47) Sara Blomquist, Vaxjo, Sweden
      48) Magdalena Fosseus, Vaxjo, Sweden
      49) Charlotta Langner, Goteborg, Sweden
      50) Andrea Egedal, Goteborg, Sweden
      51) Lena Persson, Stockholm, Sweden
      52) Magnus Linder, Umea ,Sweden
      53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden
      54) Caroline Evenbom, Vaxjo, Sweden
      55) Asa Pettersson, Grimsas, Sweden
      56) Jessica Bjork, Grimsas, Sweden
      57) Linda Ahlbom Goteborg, Sweden
      58) Jenny Forsman, Boras, Sweden
      59) Nina Gunnarson, Kinna, Sweden
      60) Andrew Harrison, New Zealand
      61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand
      62) Claire Lugton, New Zealand
      63) Sarah Thornton, New Zealand
      64) Rachel Eade, New Zealand
      65) Magnus Hjert, London, UK
      67) Madeleine Stamvik, Hurley, UK
      68) Susanne Nowlan, Vermont, USA
      69) Lotta Svenby, Malmoe, Sweden
      70) Adina Giselsson, Malmoe, Sweden
      71) Anders Kullman, Stockholm, Sweden
      72) Rebecka Swane, Stockholm,Sweden
      73) Jens Venge, Stockholm, Sweden
      74) Catharina Ekdahl, Stockholm, Sweden
      75) Nina Fylkegard, Stockholm, Sweden
      76) Therese Stedman, Malmoe, Sweden
      77) Jannica Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
      78) Douglas Bratt
      79) Mats Lofstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
      80) Li Lindstrom, Sweden
      81) Ursula Mueller, Sweden
      82) Marianne Komstadius, Stockholm, Sweden
      83) Peter Thyselius, Stockholm, Sweden
      84) Gonzalo Oviedo, Quito, Ecuador
      85) Amalia Romeo, Gland, Switzerland
      86) Margarita Restrepo, Gland, Switzerland
      87) Eliane Ruster, Crans p.C., Switzerland
      88) Jennifer Bischoff-Elder, Hong Kong
      89) Azita Lashgari, Beirut, Lebanon
      90) Khashayar Ostovany, New York, USA
      91) Lisa L Miller, Reno NV
      92) Danielle Avazian, Los Angeles, CA
      93) Sara Risher, Los Angeles, Ca.
      94) Melanie London, New York, NY
      95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA
      96) Steven Raspa, San Francisco, CA
      97) Margot Duane, Ross, CA
      98) Natasha Darnall, Los Angeles, CA
      99) Candace Brower, Evanston, IL
      100) James Kjelland, Evanston, IL
      101) Michael Jampole, Beach Park, IL, USA
      102) Diane Willis, Wilmette, IL, USA
      103) Sharri Russell, Roanoke, VA, USA
      104) Faye Cooley, Roanoke, VA, USA
      105) Natalie Edwards, Charlottesville VA USA
      106) Cyndy Williams, Charlottesville, VA USA
      107) Donna Hall, Lynchburg, Va USA
      108) Robin Hinkle, Lynchburg, VA USA
      109) George Vass Venice, FL USA
      110) Martha Ferris, Moncks Corner, SC USA
      111) Teresa Smith, Charleston, SC, USA
      112) Terry Longo, Orlando, FL, USA
      113) Charlotte Downs, Orlando, FL, USA
      114) Laura M. Connaughton, Orlando, FL USA
      115) Ronit Doran, Tel Aviv, Israel
      116) Iris Berenstein, Johannesburg, South Africa
      117) Lynne Jeffreys, Johannesburg, South Africa
      118) Sharon van Heerden, Johannesburg, South Africa
      119) Lizelle Mc Mahon, Johannesburg, South Africa
      120) Frik du Toit Suid Afrika
      121) Glenda Warrin, Cape Town, South Africa
      122) Andrew le Roux, Cape Town, South Africa
      123) Nathea Beukes, Cape Town, South Africa
      124) Johan Wiesner, Toowoomba, Australia
      125) Retha Wiesner, Toowoomba, Australia
      126) Leon de Villiers, Toowoomba, Australia
      127) Leslie Willmers, Cape Town, South Africa
      128) Wayne Jacobs, Cape Town, South Africa
      129) Davlynne Lidbetter, Cape Town, South Africa
      130) Gunnar Blondal, Oslo, Norway
      131) Liv Ekeberg, Trondheim, Norway
      132) Ingunn Dahle, Oslo, Norway
      133) Magnus Petterson, Oslo, Norway
      134) Victoria Christensen, Oslo, Norway
      135) Julie T. Klingenberg, Oslo, Norway
      136) Anne Vestberg Hjaltelin, Denmark
      137) Kaja Lange Aubert, New York, USA
      138) Brit Bergan, Oslo, Norway
      139) Ane Haaland, Oslo, Norway
      140)Dick Coppinger, Mombasa, Kenya
      141)Anthony Waterkeyn, Zimbabwe
      142) Chris Hawley, Nairobi, Kenya
      143) Margarita Hawley, Nairobi, Kenya
      144) Wilma M. Hagan
      145) Rafael B. Almanza-Qatar
      146) Bill Mays, USA
      147) Ron Vincent, USA
      148) Nancy Kennedy, USA
      149) Erik James Freed, Berkeley, California, USA
      150) Jonathan Hare, San Francisco, California, USA
      151) Suzanne Taylor, San Francisco, California, USA
      152) Sandra Taylor, Anderson, California, USA
      153) Sharon Rose, Talent, Or.
      154) Jack De Lowe, Raanana, Israel
      155) Shoshi Zukor-Schreter, Ra'anana, Israel
      156) David and Rachel Biale, Berkeley, CA
      157) Joanna Bankier, Stockholm, Sweden
      158) James Clifford, Santa Cruz, California
      159) Lisa Rofel, San Francisco, California
      160) Kristen Cheney, Santa Cruz, California

      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 200 names on it, please e-mail a copy of it to :

      sarabande@... <mailto:sarabande@...>
      <mailto:sarabande@...>
      Send after every 200 names.)

      Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do not kill
      the petition. Thank you. It is best to copy rather than forward the
      petition.
      Melissa Buckheit , Brandeis
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