Afghan women are at even greater risk
Rape, and other forms of violence against women, is on the rise.
ALMOST eight years have passed since those Islamic basket-cases called the Taliban were toppled in Afghanistan – but you would hardly know it, given the horrifying levels of violence against women that still persist in this mad Muslim country.
What’s more, a United Nations report just issued, says that matters are getting WORSE, with rape “widespread” and violence against women serving in public life on the rise.
According to Canada.com, the 32-page report denounces:
An institutional failure to curb violence against women and a culture of impunity that leaves such crimes unpunished.
Said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem (Navi) Pillay:
The limited space that opened up for Afghan women following the demise of the Taliban regime in 2001 is under sustained attack, not just by the Taliban themselves, but by deeply engrained cultural practices and customs.
Pillay also denounced “as chronic failure at all levels of government to advance the protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan” despite “significant advances” in the creation of new legislation and institutions.
The report, issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, added:
Violence, in the public and private spheres, is an everyday occurrence in the lives of a huge proportion of Afghan women.
Parliamentarians, provincial council members, civil servants, journalists, women working for international organisations . . . have been targeted by anti-government elements, by local traditional and religious power-holders, by their own families and communities, and in some instances by government authorities.
Preliminary data suggests:
That rape is a widespread occurrence in all parts of Afghanistan and in all communities, and all social groups.
Victims seeking help and justice are often further victimised by the culture of impunity, while police and prosecutors are often unaware or unconvinced that rape is a serious crime, the report said.
Women are also the victims of so-called “honour” killings, trafficking and abduction, as well as early and forced marriages and domestic violence, it said. Girls and women are exchanged to resolve disputes over land and property.
The report also documents numerous attacks on girls’ schools and students who are assaulted with gas and acid by “anti-government elements”.
Pillay said :
Developments such as these threaten to have a devastating long-term impact on the involvement of women in Afghan society.
There have been some encouraging incremental advances in the area of girls education in recent years, and it is extremely important to have women participating in the country’s political arena.
But the Taliban and other conservative forces seem determined to take the country back to the stone age.
In April 2009 a group of Afghan women (pictured top) who braved an enraged mob to protest against an “abhorrent” new Afghan law had to be rescued by police from a hail of stones and abuse. The protest by about 200 women, unprecedented in recent Afghanistan history, was directed at the Shia Family Law passed by the Afghan parliament which appears to legalise marital rape and child marriage.