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Re: Women In Afghanistan


>Subject: Women in Afghanistan
>
><< From:   Dr C. Beardsmore <csb@leicester.ac.uk>
>
>
> Subject:   Afghanistan Women
> Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 12:33:46 +0100
>
>  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 prohibited to go out in public without a male relative.
>
>  Women are not allowed to work ; professional women such as professors,
> translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from
> their jobs and stuffed into their homes.
>
>  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.
>
>  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.
>
>  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.
>
>
>  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.
>
>  Men have the power of life and death over their women relatives,
> especially husbands over 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 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 AhlbomGoteborg, 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) Celeste Thompson, Round Rock, TX, USA
>  106) Sherry Stang, Pflugerville, TX, USA
>  107) Amy J.  Singer, Pflugerville, TX USA
>  108) Milissa Bowen, Austin, TX USA
>  109) Michelle Jozwiak, Brenham, TX USA
>  110) Mary Orsted, College Station, TX USA
>  111) Janet Gardner, Dallas, TX USA
>  112) Marilyn Hollingsworth, Dallas, TX USA
>  113) Nancy Shamblin, Garland. TX USA
>  114) K. M. Mullen, Houston, TX - USA
>  115) Noreen Tolman, Houston, Texas - USA
>  116) Judy Bechtel, Merced, CA - USA
>  117) Delores Iliff, FL, USA
>  118) Nicole Propper, FL, USA
>  119) Bonnie LaChance, FL, USA
>  120) JoAnn Blades, FL, USA
>  121) Pam Blades, FL, USA
>  122) Louise Campbell, FL, USA
>  123) Marcy DeSanto, FL, USA
>  124) Donald Blades, FL,USA
>  125) Tom LaChance, FL, USA
>  126) Craig Huff,  GA,  USA
>  127) Karen Huff,  FL,  USA
>  128) Paul Jarrell, Wadsworth, OH - USA
>  129) Ian Austin ,  TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
>  130) Germaine Maxwell, POS, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
>  131) Phyllis Serrao, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
>  132) Max Serrao,  TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
>  133) Lynn Waldron. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
>  134)  Cheri Alves-Branker, British Columbia, CANADA
>  135) Lori Underwood, British Columbia, Canada
>  136) Monique Gallant, British Columbia, Canada
>  137) Shannon Robertson, British Columbia, Canada
>  138) Maria Duran, British Columbia, Canada
>  139) James Robertson, British Columbia, Canada
>  140) Sheila Stainton, British Columbia, Canada
>  141)Pam Evans, British Columbia, Canada
>  142)Chantal Ricard, Britsh Columbia, CANADA
>  143) Marie-Claude Bouffard, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
>  144) Raquel Tacher, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
>  145)Claudia Guzman, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
>  146) Alberto Llera, Mexico City
>  147) Laura Yanez, Mexico City
>  148) Victor Perdomo, Ky, USA
>  149) Luz del Carmen Noriega, Qro, Mexico
>  150)Imelda Hernandez , Monterrey, Mexico
>  151) Chereen Osborne, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
>  152) Mary Smirle Bruce, Napanee, Ontario, Canada
>  153) Maija-Liisa Shelley, Napanee, Ontario, Canada
>  154) Richard Sankar, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
> Islands
>  155) Ron Burton, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
>  156) Willy Fankhauser, Giez, Switzerland
>  157) Patricia Duff, Sohphia Antipolis, France
>  158) Sheila Yates, Broughton Astley, Leicester, England
>  159) Peter Yates, Broughton Astley, Leicester, England
>  160) David H Clark, Leicester, England
>  161) Sarah Clark, Leicester, England
>  162) Prue Conradi, Norwich, England
>  163) Caroline Beardsmore, Leicester, England
>  164) Anne-Marie Woodall-Petford, Leicester, England
> 165) Mutsuko Sakurai, Tokyo, Japan
> 166) María José López de Heredia, Haro-La Rioja, Spain
> 167) Mercedes López de Heredia, Haro-La Rioja, Spain
> 168) Julio César López de Heredia, Haro-La Rioja, Spain
> 169) Rafael López de Heredia, Haro-La Rioja, Spain
> 170) Enrique Evangelio, Logroño, Spain
> 171) Susanne Carlsson, Stockholm, Sweden
> 172) Pia Albinsson, Stockholm, Sweden
> 173) Julia Schiller, Carlsbad, California, USA
>  174)  Elaine Rudin, Carlsbad, California, USA
> 175) Sally Cohenour, Sacramento, California, USA
>  176) Lorri Buch, Menlo Park, CA, USA
>177)  Geeta Glasser, San Jose, California, USA
>178) Stephanie Brooks, San Jose, CA, USA
>
>  PLEASE COPY this e-mail 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@brandeis.edu <mailto:sarabande@brandeis.edu>
>
>  (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.
>
>
>  Dr Caroline Beardsmore
>  Department of Child Health
>  University of Leicester
>  Leicester Royal Infirmary
>  PO Box 65
>  LEICESTER LE2 7LX
>
>  Tel. ++44 (0)116 252 5811 or ++44 (0)116 258 6769
>  Fax. ++44 (0)116 252 3282




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