The rights of Afghan women are in danger

  Tackling Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

The rights of Afghan women are in danger again, after a low but steady improvement from the severe repression of the 1990s.

On Saturday 9 March and at the Human Rights Centre-London a day conference convened along with workshops and discussions on the situation of Afghan women.  At the start, Clare Bracey and Julie Kavenagh from Active Learning Programme Managers – AIUK welcomed the participants. This followed by a panel discussion in which Samira Hamidi, who has been the country coordinator of the Afghan Women’s Network and leader of the delegation to Bonn spoke of the historical roots and the present situation in the country. She emphasised on the increasingly dangerous future for the women and urged the UK government and other countries to lay out their commitments for how they will support the Afghan women in the years ahead.

Horia Mosadiq, who has been Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium spoke about violence  against women.

Bethan Cansfield –AIUK Campaign Coordinator who was chaired the session talked about the dangers women face and then the panel answered questions.

After lunch, Heidi Alexander- MP for Lewisham East and a local, experienced campaigner who is currently fighting against the closure of Lewisham’s A&E spoke about the ways Amnesty activists can approach and use parliament and MPs when required.

The rest of the afternoon was divided between two workshops where participants got tips about approaching the media and lobbying the parliament.

 

 

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