Demand the enforcement of Afghanistan's EVAW Law
  • Petitioned Hussan Ban Ghazanfar & Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen

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Afghanistan Ministry of Women's Affairs & Ministry of Culture and Info
Hussan Ban Ghazanfar & Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen

Demand the enforcement of Afghanistan's EVAW Law

    1. Christian X
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      Christian X

      Hudson, WI

In April 2011, as a pilot project for a larger research in September, Young Women for Change interviewed female teachers and students about street harassment. 90% reported that they face verbal assault daily, and 70% said they had also experienced physical harassment, including groping, pinching and slapping.

Street harassment is an act of violence and discrimination. In addition to making women feel endangered and vulnerable in public, harassment also discourages them from leaving their houses, and feeds the sadistic and discriminatory motivations of the assaulter by objectifying women, which leads to rape and sexual assault. The frequent harassment of women in public spaces in the cities of Afghanistan is a mirror of how the society views women and what it considers to be a woman's job or place.

Ranging from insults to physical assault, street harassment has become one of the most common and noticeable methods of discouraging women from publicly participating in society. There have been several incidents of throwing acid on women's faces in Kabul, Herat, Juzjan and Qunduz. All these methods of harassment lead to loss of women's motivation to work and study.

A commonly-used Afghan proverb brutally says: "A woman's place is either her husband's house or her grave." This common belief contributes not only to the street harassment of women, but also to the violence and abuse women face in families, schools, universities and workplaces.

Women not only are equally important to men in this world, but Afghan women are quite possibly the missing solution to Afghanistan's problems. The government must ensure that they are safe in their own homes AND that they may participate and go about their work freely within Afghan society.   Enforce the Violence against Women (EVAW) law, INCLUDING street harassment.

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    • T Smith ROSWELL, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Women are as human as men.

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    • Jon Spinac NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      For the love of humanity.

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    • Rubel Mozlu GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      For the love of humanity.

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    • Christian X HUDSON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I hear them sometimes,

      Late at night,

      As I sit thinking;

      Millions of silent voices cry -

      Their tears fall upon the sand.

      And when I dream, sometimes

      I see their faces,

      Hidden though they may be;

      The pleas within their eyes

      For some equality with man.

      I could not pretend

      To comprehend

      That struggle there within;

      Must one turn upon God for freedom?

      Could equality really be sin?

      I cannot believe

      It is God's will

      To see these angels so;

      To suffer such indignities,

      With nowhere to turn or go.

      They say it's not my business

      And I know I'm but one man,

      But I'd trade everything

      God gave me to dry those

      Tears which stain the sand.

      - CR Fauchald

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    • Ondine Savage SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because this type of injustice against women for being women is abominable and violates human rights and should be eradicated as soon as possible.

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