Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Amnesty International produced this guide called “Afghanistan: Women’s Rights are Non-Negotiable.” The alleged oppression of women across the Middle East is a hotly debated topic. The recent return of Canadians troops at the end of the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan has also sparked discussion over the rights of women and girls in the country.

 

Engaging in activist work that pushes for increased education and employment access for women in Middle Eastern states – and that's just one example – is important work, but must also come with the appropriate cultural sensitivity and caution. Activists must be sure not to approach cultural differences with a paternalistic attitudes and belief in Western superiority. It's important to distinguish human rights abuses from cultural or religious practices that are different from those in the West. That being said, religion and culture are of course no excuse for true human rights abuses. Standing in solidarity with Afghan women is a positive, community-led way to support women's rights in the country, and this guide is a solid starting point.

 

There are tips and advice to cover the following ideas:

 

-background information

-Call to Action

-position papers

-petitions

-guide to hosting a film screening

-developing legislative action (e.g. sample call scripts)

-media guides

 

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