Monday, May 30, 2005

Full text. News from "liberated" Afghanistan. Tell the Feminist Majority which supported the war to "free" the women in Afghanistan. "Violence against women and girls in Afghanistan is pervasive, said Amnesty International today launching its latest report "Afghanistan: Women under attack". "Throughout the country, few women are exempt from violence or safe from the threat of it," states the report. Daily, Afghan women are at risk of abduction and rape by armed individuals, forced marriage and being traded in settlement of disputes and debts. They face discrimination from all segments of society as well as by state officials.Violence against women is widely accepted by the community and inadequately addressed at the highest levels of the government and the judiciary. Investigations by the authorities into complaints of violent attacks, rape, murders or suicide of women are neither routine nor systematic, and few result in prosecutions."