Afghans rally for justice

2012-04-14 19:00

Kabul -Around 30 Afghans, half of them women, took to the streets of Kabul on Saturday to protest against the recent killing of five Afghan women.

The protesters held placards with slogans including "where is justice?" and "enforce law for violence against women".

Fatima Saidi, a 17-year old protester, told AFP: "We hold this rally on behalf of the Afghan women whose voices are not heard and we came to raise our voice against their killing.

"Even our government is not helping us to reduce violence against women," she added.

Sadaf Fitrat, another protester, said: "Why is the violence against women continuing in Afghanistan? Women have the right to live, work and study just like men, then why are they being killed?"

Since March, three women have been killed in western Herat, one in Khost in the north, and one in Paktia in the south-east.

More than 50 Afghan policemen equipped with shields were at the demonstration on Saturday.

Ferdous Samim, a male representative of Young Women for Change (YMC), the association which organised the event, said he was pleased by the number of demonstrators because "the event wasn't announced publicly for security reasons".

"We only invited people we trusted, so there was a limited number of people", he explained, saying people also "didn't want to appear in the media", whereas others experienced "issues in their families", which prevented them from coming.

Despite the overthrow of the Taliban from power in 2001 Afghan women have struggled since for improved rights in the impoverished, deeply conservative and war-torn country.

As the US and Afghan governments pursues peace efforts with the Taliban, which banned women from public life during their time in power, women are increasingly concerned that gains they have made may be compromised in a bid to end the costly and deadly war.

  • Fred - 2012-04-14 20:06

    Any comments from Muslim readers, especially Fidel, Patrick, Mohammed, Yassim, Said?

      Fred - 2012-04-14 21:46

      That's typical Patrick, and the reason why Muslims are being slaughtered wholesale, and Muslim women are routinely oppressed. A shocking irresponsibility on your part. Thankfully there are more enlightened, truer Muslims who know the difference between right and wrong. At the moment, you don't.

      Ouklip - 2012-04-14 22:00

      Lets wait until nato leaves and the Taliban takes over. Women will again be suppressed. No schooling for girls. Before Islam the Arab world was world leaders in science and math. Now they live in the dark. @Patrick - What do you call the leader in Syria? Benevolent?

      Hoosen Essa - 2012-04-14 22:29

      ouklip u need to get your facts straight, it was before islam the arabs were in the dark, they buried their daughters and slaved their woman, it was islam that changed that giving them rights equel to men and rights of protection from harm of work that men do, would you let your daughter work in a mine??? there are some muslims that go overboard wit the protection of woman depriving them of certain opportunies, that does not reflect islam. those arabs that delighted us with their knowledge on science and maths were muslims, so its after islam, not before islam. kindly shut up if u lack the knowledge on the subject at hand.

      Fred - 2012-04-15 03:58

      Overprotect women? Yeah right. That's a novel interpretation of oppress. Who are you to decide what women can and can't do?

      Hoosen Essa - 2012-04-15 08:24

      fred, wat exactly is your argument here??? i just said that there are a a fraction of muslims that oppress woman most with the intention that they doing it as per islam requirements without realising the oppression, but this fraction does not represent islam nor muslims as a whole. instead of doing research, i notice u keep running ur mouth picking fights wit every1. if u want to attach a stigma to a population of a particular faith based on the actions of a few, i can do the same, just remember jews and christians are not innocent too when it comes to handfull of people. your priests are known to go crazy with boys, so go ahead, call me a terrorist because of my faith, personally i'd rather be called a terrorist than a pedophile

      Fred - 2012-04-15 13:07

      The point is that you call the oppression of women by Islamic fundamentalists over-protection. I am not Christian or Jewish.

  • Jacqueline - 2012-04-14 20:43

    The atrocities against women in the Middle East and Islamic society is actually widely condemned by many, many Muslims. This is not the norm but it does still happen. Unfortunately the cultural ignorance still abounds in many countries. Great strides have been made in many Middle Eastern countries to stop this practice.

  • Muhammad Cassim - 2012-04-14 23:29

    Was actually Islam that took Europe out of the dark ages, look up your facts. The Church kept European lifestyle in total control - Spain was actually in Islamic control for 500 years and was actually a thriving country that exported its systems and principles into Europe. Muslim mathematicians and scientists formed the foundation of modem day civilization - check out where Algebra came from as well as the science of chemistry and medicine. Also first systems of proper judicial control to develop society - you guys are always quick to run Islam down but if you actually took the time to unbiasly do your research, you may actually be surprised by the true principles our religion teaches us.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-14 23:55

      For all the mathematics, science, chemistry, medicine, algebra, judicial controls, people still live as they did 500+ years ago - in *some* Islamic countries more like 2000 years ago. Haven't done or learnt much with all this knowledge have they? The way the world works is that the people who *develop* ideas are the ones that change the future - not necessarily the people who came up with them

      Fred - 2012-04-15 01:45

      Yet you say nothing about the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by the violent Jihadists in your midst, or the outright oppression of women. Nothing. So much for what you've learnt. Only when you speak up for what's truly right will you start to become enlightened.

      Hoosen Essa - 2012-04-15 08:35

      that is because muhammad is defending true islam, the oppression and violent acts of jihadist is not true islam. this is fred running his mouth again blowing hot air as usual trying to get an argument across that is not associated with islam. u see fred, its guys like u that there are extremists in the 1st place. if u took the time to learn the history and true facts of islam, u'd know the difference. but instead for months i notice u just keep blowing hot air on oppression of woman and violent jihadists on a public platform associating these attrocoties with islam. go pick up a book, getting sick of reading ur pathetic comments

      Fred - 2012-04-15 13:11

      I suggest you re-read my posts. I also suggest you become vocal against the mad Jihadists and dictators in your midsts. You're silent when it comes to those stories. But mention Israel ... and boy are you there!

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