Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Demand that the U.S. military provides protection for Afghan women as troops withdraw from Afghanistan
A 14 year old Afghan girl was beheaded by two men after rejecting the marriage proposal of one of them. This sort of violence against women is not uncommon in Afghanistan, and the United States has to take measures to ensure that Afghan women are protected as U.S. troops prepare to exit the country. New legislation has just entered Congress that would help the U.S. make sure Afghan women are protected, and it is imperative that these measures pass.
The 14 year old girl who was brutally beheaded was attacked by two men while she was on her way back from fetching water. She had decided, along with her parents, to reject the proposal of one of her attackers, and she lost her life because of it. Another Afghan woman’s throat was slit after she refused to become a prostitute. Women are able to be controlled through fear when violence is so rampant, and changes cannot be made when a society is filled with fear.
The United States must take measures to make sure Afghan women are protected as troops exit the country. The newly introduced legislation would allow the American military to watch for women’s safety as they withdraw, and would call for women to be allowed to join Afghan security forces. It is important for women all over the world that Afghan women receive more protection and opportunities to empower themselves.
Sign the petition below to encourage President Obama to take action.
Dear President Obama,
As the Afghan Women and Girls’ Security Promotion Act enters Congress, it is necessary to examine the state of women in Afghanistan. They face threats of violence on all sides, even from their own family members, and have little control over even their own lives. As American forces prepare to exit Afghanistan, they maintain a responsibility to ensure that those they leave behind are still protected.
Passing the AWGSPA would not guarantee the safety of every Afghan woman, but it would help to promote it. It would be an important step in a country where women are terrorized and abused all too often. By becoming involved in Afghanistan, the U.S. made a commitment to all Afghan citizens, including every woman. The U.S. has the power to change their lives for the better, and it is only right that we work to do just that.
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