Target: Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan & Afghan Parliament
Goal: Save Afghan women from being stripped of their rights
A woman is not a woman if she cannot be empowered, and without rights how can she be empowered? In Afghanistan women are facing the possibility of losing their rights and protection. Laws that protect women from violence like beheadings and raise the minimum marriage age for girls from 9 to 16 are at jeopardy of being completely dismissed. President Karzai & the Afghan Parliament need to display and enforce a strong support of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act in Afghanistan (EVAW).
In 2014 international combat forces will withdraw from Afghanistan and President Karzai’s term will be over. In the time being, women’s rights are in the air being hoped for, protested for, and disintegrated. Women in parliament are being blatantly threatened by their male counterparts in meetings. Male parliament members have told women parliament members that their time is up, they don’t belong in parliament. President Karzai has even voiced that he has done all that he could and could no longer support efforts to enforce EVAW. If the government does not back up women’s rights there will be no boundary to the violence women face.
Imagine being murdered for denying a man’s marriage proposal. What if he’s abusive? Or a drunk? What if he rapes you? Despite these alarming and dangerous factors, if you deny a man of marriage he could kill you. He could even throw corrosive acid on you and disfigure you permanently. If the rights of women in Afghanistan are taken away they’ll be left unprotected and voiceless in their government. Lives are at stake.
By signing this petition you are urging President Karzai and the Afghan Parliament to display a strong support of and enforce EVAW. You are also urging President Karzai to continue fighting for women’s rights, as it is his duty to protect every single one of his citizens.
Dear President Hamid Karzai & Afghan Parliament,
The safety of women is in peril in Afghanistan. Women’s rights in your country has grown to be a prominent issue and is only continuing to place people in danger. If no action is taken in support of enforcing the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act, and in support of women’s rights, women in Afghanistan will be at risk of abuse, bride bartering, and murder.
If women are stripped of their rights and have no voice in government they will be nothing more than silent slaves. Not continuing to strongly support and advocate for EVAW could also lead to an even higher spike of violence against women in your country. When EVAW was signed into law Afghanistan was showing signs of a progressive future that could be becoming dimly lit.
In the 2012 development conference on Afghanistan, it was stated that to obtain and continue sustained economic growth and reach prosperity for the people, Afghanistan must focus on women’s rights. If you do not continue to fight and advocate for women’s rights the economy of Afghanistan could suffer. I am proposing that you take action in maintaining and strengthening the rights of your female citizens.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: SSGT Arief Rorimpandey via NATO