Listen to the Women! US/NATO Out of Afghanistan!

Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Second International Conference on Afghanistan to be held in Tokyo by the Civil-Military Fusion Centre, from July 8-9, gives supporters of Afghan women an opportunity to highlight their missing voices and the need to end the longest foreign war in US history as well as the longest NATO intervention.

Where, in all the international "aid", is the money to improve maternal and infant health and to make sure that women and girls are truly secure from violence? CODEPINK is calling on the US government and the UN entity responsible for women's rights—UN Women –to listen to Afghan women, end the military violence, and invest in social programs.

 

Listen to the Women! US/NATO Out of Afghanistan!

We call on you as leaders of the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State to fulfill the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, providing for significant participation by women in all talks and negotiations on the transition of ISAF troops out of Afghanistan. We share in the Resolution's concern that “civilians, particularly women and children, account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, including as refugees and internally displaced persons, and increasingly are targeted by combatants and armed elements..."

After ten years of military occupation, only the robust presence of women's voices will support a durable peace able to provide for the security and development needs of all Afghans.

The lives of most Afghan women are grim and often filled with violence caused by the US/ISAF forces, Taliban insurgents, and warlords associated with the central government. We reject the claim signed by the heads of state at the NATO summit in Chicago in May 2012: “In the ten years of our partnership the lives of Afghan men, women and children, have improved significantly in terms of security, education, health care, economic opportunity and the assurance of rights and freedoms. There is more to be done, but we are resolved to work together to preserve the substantial progress we have made during the past decade.”

Although there are laws on equal rights for women in Afghanistan, they are not implemented. Moderate progress in the areas of women's representation in Parliament and local government, in primary education for girls, and in the training of health care providers -- particularly midwives -- is laudable. However, the rights for women guaranteed in the Afghan constitution are far from being effectively or consistently implemented, and security for all sectors of society is deplorable. Women still have an average life expectancy among the lowest in the world -- age 51 -- and 68% of their children suffer from malnutrition, according to UNICEF. As war profiteers continue to make profits, Afghanistan remains the most dangerous place in the world for a woman to give birth, and has the second-highest infant mortality rate. President Karzai signed an edict permitting husbands to withhold food from their wives as a way of coercing them to have sex, and women rape victims are jailed -- for adultery!

On moral and economic grounds, we oppose the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan, which is now costing US taxpayers $2 billion a week. Please use your position to see that the crucially important provisions of UNSC Res. 1325 are fulfilled on behalf of Afghan women and girls, and to promote a peaceful future for Afghanistan.

Sincerely,
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172 Thu Feb 28 12:54:22 EST 2013 Nina Koellhofer Kirchhain/ Germany, ot
171 Sat Dec 22 14:01:23 EST 2012 DR. EBERT HINO CYPRESS, CA IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT MEN DO NOT NORMALLY SUPPORT WOMEN. IN FACT THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH HOSTILE TO WOMEN, EXCEPT WHEN THEY WANT SEX. BUT ALL WOMEN SHOULD BE SUPPORTING ALL, NURTURING TYPE, WOMEN.
170 Wed Aug 01 09:27:36 EDT 2012 marie conjard villeurbanne, ot
169 Thu Jul 26 06:39:45 EDT 2012 Filosof fanny bruxelles, ot Other = Belgique
168 Thu Jul 26 03:20:13 EDT 2012 close ariane Bruxelles, ot Go on !!!!!!!!!
167 Wed Jul 25 05:06:04 EDT 2012 Edith Rubinstein Brussels, AE
166 Fri Jul 20 03:59:52 EDT 2012 Don Ino San Francisco, CA
165 Fri Jul 20 03:59:29 EDT 2012 Don Ino San Francisco, CA
164 Mon Jul 09 00:42:04 EDT 2012 Joan Hadden Los Altos, CA
163 Sun Jul 08 22:28:00 EDT 2012 Ginny Schneider Henniker, NH
162 Sat Jul 07 07:17:23 EDT 2012 Allan Arnaboldi Springfield, MA
161 Fri Jul 06 19:34:12 EDT 2012 Cynthia Mandile Conway, MA Support Women's rights in Afghanistan!
160 Fri Jul 06 19:33:54 EDT 2012 Cynthia Mandile Conway, MA Support Women's rights in Afghanistan!
159 Fri Jul 06 15:42:45 EDT 2012 Bonnie Wodin Heath, Mass. USA, MA
158 Fri Jul 06 15:36:34 EDT 2012 Dorothy McIver Greenfield, MA
157 Fri Jul 06 13:43:52 EDT 2012 margaret rossiter London, ON
156 Fri Jul 06 13:41:06 EDT 2012 John Anderson Lake Pleasant, MA
155 Fri Jul 06 13:38:05 EDT 2012 Anna Burns Lynchburg, VA
154 Fri Jul 06 13:19:22 EDT 2012 Vicki Sterling Easthampton, MA
153 Fri Jul 06 13:05:25 EDT 2012 Karen Fogliatti Greenfield, MA
152 Fri Jul 06 12:21:50 EDT 2012 richard picariello Cambridge, MA
151 Fri Jul 06 12:09:26 EDT 2012 Janet Masucci Gill, MA
150 Fri Jul 06 12:02:19 EDT 2012 Joan Brigham Windsor, CT
149 Fri Jul 06 11:04:14 EDT 2012 Bernadine Mellis Conway, MA
148 Fri Jul 06 10:15:12 EDT 2012 Roger Conant Pelham, MA
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