Hi, my name's Laura. I'm a university student who's currently working on a piece of historical fiction based on RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan). I've enjoyed reading this community's posts a great deal, and felt you might be interested in the following petition.
From the Feminist Majority Foundation: (link to petition)
The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006
Urge your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor “The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006”
As the Taliban militia returns and increases its violent attacks against women to prevent them from exercising their rights, we must urge Congress to support organizations that promote and protect women's rights and the women-led nonprofits that provide urgently needed assistance to women and girls.
Introduced in the Senate by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and in the House by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006 authorizes funding for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and for Afghan women-led nonprofits providing education, health care and vocational training to Afghan women and girls.
Over 300 girls' schools have been bombed and/or arsoned since the Taliban fell. Humanitarian aid workers are also facing increasing violence as they are targeted by Taliban militia groups. On May 29, in two separate incidents, seven aid workers were killed. Gunmen attacked a vehicle in the northern province of Jawzjan killing four workers from ActionAid International, and three USAID employees were killed by a roadside bomb in Badakhshan, in the northeast. Taliban militia attacks in the southern provinces are increasing at an alarming rate
Despite the attacks and threats, brave Afghan women are still working hard to regain their roles as full participants in civil society. The Afghan constitution guarantees women 25% of the seats in the parliament. Women filed as candidates, ran for office and were elected even when they were faced with threats and violence.
The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006 will authorize $30 million a year for three years for women-led nonprofits that are providing education, adult literacy and vocational training, and health care for Afghan women and girls. Additionally, the Act authorizes $5 million a year for three years for the Ministry of Women's Affairs and $10 million a year for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. Funding for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women's Affairs will assist these organizations in promoting and protecting women's rights and human rights at this extremely critical time.
Contact your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to support the efforts of Afghan women by co-sponsoring the Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006 S.2392 and H.R.5185.