FEMMES EN MARCHE POUR L'AFGHANISTAN
FOR ACTION BY THE WOMEN ON THE ROAD FOR AFGHANISTAN
- TADJIKISTAN - June 28, 2000
a group of 45 people, of whom 43 are woman of various nationalities (Algerian,
French, American and Spanish) have come to Dushanbe on June 27 and 28 2000,
as individuals or representatives of womens organizations. Women on
the Road for Afghanistan is part of the Worldwide March of Women taking place
five years after the Beijing Conference on Women. Here in Dushanbe, we met
with more than two hundred Afghan refugee women who have fled the war in Afghanistan.
They came to this meeting to give witness to and write up their « Declaration
of the Fundamental Rights of Afghan Women ».
hearing the direct testimonies of these women and taking into consideration
the reports made by international organizations investigating the war in Afghanistan,
we hereby state that we consider the vicious oppression of Woman in Afghanistan
to be as serious an issue as the training of terrorists or drug trafficking.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED, DENOUNCE :
THE UNDERSIGNED SUPPORT :
declaration of Afghan Women that their fundamental rights be respected.
resistance of all Afghans to the Taliban regime.
relation to the above, we, acting as individuals and representatives of organizations
solemnly call upon :
- To publicly support the Afghan Womens Declaration of Rights written
in Dushanbe on June 28 Th. 2000 by the Afghan women meeting there
- To urgently carry out actions that will favour the establishment of a democratic
system in Afghanistan.
OF THE ESSENTIAL RIGHTS OF AFGHAN WOMEN
that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the international
statements addressing the rights of women listed in Section II of this document,
are systematically trampled in Afghanistan today.
that all the rules imposed by the Taliban concerning women are in total opposition
to the international convention cited in Section II of this document.
that torture and inhumane and degrading treatment imposed by the Taliban on
women, as active members of society, have put Afghan society in danger.
that the dally violence directed against the women of Afghanistan causes,
for cash one of them, a state of profound distress.
that, under conditions devoid of their rights, women find themselves and their
children in a situation of permanent danger.
that discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity and
language is the source of insults, beatings, stoning and other forms of violence.
that poverty and the lack of freedom of movement pushes women into prostitution,
involuntary exile, forced marriages, and the selling and trafficking of their
the severe and tragic conditions of more than twenty years of war in Afghanistan.
Declaration which follows is derived from the following documents :
fundamental right of Afghan women, as for all human beings, is life with dignity,
which includes the following rights :
- The right to equality between men and women and the right to the elimination
of all forms of discrimination and segregation, based on gender, race or religion
- The right to personal safety and to freedom from torture or inhumane or
- The right to physical and mental health
for women and their children.
- The right to equal protection under the law.
- The right to institutional education in all the intellectual and physical
- The right to just and favourable conditions of work.
- The right to move about freely and independently.
- The right to freedom of thought, speech, assembly and political participation
- The right to wear or not to wear the veil or the scarf.
- The right to participate in cultural activities including theatre, music
Declaration developed by Afghan women is a statement, affirmation and emphasis
of those essential rights that we Afghan women owe for ourselves and for all
other Afghan women. It is a document that the State of Afghanistan must respect
document, at this moment in time, is a draft that, in the course of time,
will be amended and completed by Afghan women.
DE lAPPEL DE DOUCHANBE
GHEIDA Betty Ecrivain
Martine Association « Amélie Zurcher »
Constance Women Caucus
Elizabeth Collectif « Liberté en Afghanistan »
(de) Dominique Association NEGAR
Azza Association Femmes Soudanaises
Lucette Femmes Solidaires
Ritta Womens Caucus
Maliha Afghanistan Bretagne
Maria-Félicidad Association « Femmes démocrates Espagnoles »
Patricia Collectif « Liberté en Afghanistan » NEGAR
Diane Journaliste - Ecrivain
Martine Femmes Solidaires
Mollie Womens Caucus
Arlette Chef dentreprise
Mary-Ellen Collectif «Liberté en Afghanistan»
Mirial - Association Afghanistan Europe
Mary-Patricia Présidente « Cent Héroïnes » and Feminist Majority Foundation
Ellie Association Sarajevo
Orzala Association « Femmes Afghanes »
Hassina Journaliste USA
Annie Présidente Atlanta Sydney Plus
Maliha Psychologue - USA
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