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Jailed Women.

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Stroppy points to the plight of women in Afghanistan:

“Earlier this year a report by Womankind, Taking Stock: Afghan Women and Girls Seven Years On, revealed that violent attacks against women, usually in a domestic setting, are at epidemic proportions – 87 per cent of women complain of such abuse, and half of it is sexual. More than 60 per cent of marriages are forced and, despite laws banning the practice, 57 per cent of brides are under 16. Many of these girls are offered as restitution for a crime or as debt settlement. Afghanistan is the only country in the world with a higher suicide rate among women than men.”

As the BBC reported in June 2007:

“Six years after the departure of the repressive Taleban this is the paradox of women in Afghanistan. They now have a say and a position under the country’s constitution. But they have to work in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

The good news is that the rights of Afghan women have been enshrined in the constitution. It even asks the government to bring changes in the law to combat traditions that work against them.

Women can participate in every walk of life, including politics. Of the 361 members of parliament today, 91 are women.

Women have also begun talking about forced marriages, honour killings, abortions and rape in a traditionally male-dominated society. Local human rights groups have begun documenting such atrocities. “

More concerning the terrible difficulties facing Afghan women can be found at RAWA, Afghanistan Online: The Plight of the Afghan Woman, Afghan Women’s Network and Women’s Rights at HRW.

Also, see the Afghanistan Women Council.

Recently the BBC reported:

“Taleban gunmen have shot dead three female international aid workers and their local driver near the Afghan capital Kabul.

The three International Rescue Committee (IRC) workers were a Canadian, a British-Canadian and a Trinidadian-American.”

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18/08/2008 at 13:00

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Max Spots The NWO Fanatics.

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Max Dunbar has spotted some very funny items in amongst a News Statesman’s thread (hint: watch out for the expression NWO).

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18/08/2008 at 00:36

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