If US leaves, Afghan women in danger
We have an impossible situation on our hands. Most of us want our troops out of Afghanistan as soon as possible, but Amnesty International says that Afghan girls and women may become victims of violence if U.S. troops withdrawn.
"As the United States military transitions out of Afghanistan, Afghan women's human rights continue to be at grave risk and demand urgent attention," Nossel said in a statement. "The fate of women will be a crucial determinant of that country's prospects for a stable and prosperous future."
In a report on Afghan violence against women, Amnesty International wrote that one of the justifications of the U.S. military going into the country in 2001 was to ensure the protection of human rights, including women's rights.
More than 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, modest advances have been made for girls and women in Afghanistan," the report said. "But much remains to be done. Peace talks between the Taliban, Afghan government and the U.S. jeopardize even these modest gains as the U.S. searches for a quick exit."
What drew my attention to this problem?
This headline: Afghan girl beheaded after refusing man's marriage proposal
The article gives other similar examples of females saying "no" to a male request/demand and their throats get slit!
I don't know anything more about it, but there is a bi-partisan bill to do "something" about this.
On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas, introduced the Afghan Women and Girls' Security Promotion Act. If passed in its current form, the bill addresses how women's security will be monitored as the U.S. military withdraws from the country.
I hope it can offer some protection for girls and women, but to tell the truth, I don't see how. Let's face it--women's rights in Afghanistan are appalling!
Here is a link that might be useful: Afghan girl beheaded after refusing man’s marriage proposal