Afghan women march against violence

This video says about itself:

Afghan Member of Parliament Malalai Joya speaks about the troubling and declining status of women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Interview recorded September 2006.

Malalai Joya was illegally expelled from the Afghan parliament by the pro-warlord pro-NATO Kabul government.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Afghan women join global demand to end violence

Thursday 14 February 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

Hundreds of Afghans marked Valentine’s Day today by marching in Kabul to denounce violence against women.

Rights groups found last year that more and more Afghan women are being attacked, despite harsher laws and officials’ pledges to prosecute the perpetrators.

Activist Humaira Rasouli said the marchers wanted violence against women “to be eliminated or at least reduced in Afghanistan,” but unfortunately it “is increasing day to day.”

Riot police stood guard as women and men walked from the Darul Aman Palace outside Kabul to an area near parliament.

Today’s march was peaceful, unlikely previous protests that had been marred by stone-throwing and insults.

It was part of the global One Billion Rising campaign that demands an end to violence against women and uses Valentine’s Day to highlight abuse.

Similar demonstrations were held around the world.

Flashmobs, marches, singing and dances were planned in about 200 countries and, significantly, many occurred in countries where women’s rights are severely held back by religious or social manacles.

In Bangladesh, acid attack survivors rallied across the country.

Monira Rahman of the Acid Survivors’ Foundation said: “It is important to mobilise society in this way to break the silence surrounding violence against women and show that people from all backgrounds have zero tolerance for it.

“In Bangladesh there is currently a big movement against war criminals and we are linking these huge demonstrations to One Billion Rising, because these men severely violated women and encouraged others to rape during the war.”

Indians also protested in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, galvanised by the recent fatal gang-rape that shocked the country.

In Indonesia, hundreds of students in Sumatra and Central Java held Valentine’s Day protests on Wednesday.

In Peru the mayor of Lima, Susana Villaran, officially declared today One Billion Rising Day.

From European capitals to Asian villages women and their supporters made the message clear: violence against women must stop.

AFGHAN WOMEN STILL UNDERGO VIRGINITY TESTS For crimes such as leaving the house unattended. [Reuters]

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  5. A 27-year-old woman called Farkhunda, killed by a mob in front of police in capital Kabul last week for burning a Koran, was wrongly accused, Afghanistan’s top criminal investigator said yesterday.

    “I couldn’t find any evidence to say Farkhunda burnt the holy Koran,” General Mohammad Zahir told reporters.

    Ms Farkhunda was a teacher of Islamic religion.


    • HUNDREDS of Afghans protested in the capital Kabul yesterday to demand justice for religious scholar Farkhunda, who was killed by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Koran.

      The female scholar was beaten, pushed from a roof, run over by a car and set alight before her body was thrown in a river last Thursday.

      Protesters gathered near the Shah Doshamshera mosque demanded the government prosecutes those responsible for her death.

      Officials said 13 people had been arrested and 13 police were suspended amid allegations they stood by and did nothing to stop the attack.

      The demonstrators blocked the road outside the mosque and marched from where the attack began to the point where the body was set alight.

      Many of the women wore masks of Farkhunda’s battered and bloodied face.

      They carried a banner accusing the government of breaking promises to bring rule of law to Afghanistan.


      • THOUSANDS of people marched through the Afghan capital Kabul again yesterday, demanding justice for religious scholar Farkhunda.

        She was beaten to death by a mob last week after being accused of burning a Koran.

        The march organisers said at least 3,000 people took part, making it one of the biggest demonstrations in Kabul’s history.

        Marchers chanted: “Justice for Farkhunda” and “Death to the killers.”

        They also demanded action against officials and religious leaders who had initially claimed the killing was justifiable.

        The Interior Ministry said Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai had been fired over comments supporting Farkhunda’s killers.

        Among the crowd was Afghanistan Women’s Council head Fatana Gailani, who said she hoped the incident would be a catalyst for change in a society traumatised by war and corruption.

        “We are getting fed up,” Ms Gailani said. “The new generation has known nothing but war.

        “They are not educated and now they have no jobs.”


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