International Women's Day event on Saturday 9th March
‘PURPLE FINGER’ CAMPAIGN FOR AFGHAN WOMEN
Amnesty activists have been successful in campaigning to ensure Afghan women could participate at the Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo conferences and in calling for the UK Government to champion women’s rights at international conferences (and now getting DFID to prioritise violence against women). However, there is still much more the UK government should be doing to support Afghan women’s rights.
At the International Women's Day community event on Saturday 9 March 2013, 9.30am - 4.30pm , Anglia Ruskin University (more details here) the Amnesty International Cambridge City Group will be launching its “Purple Finger” petition, which asks the UK government to make women’s rights a priority in its work on Afghanistan as the deadline looms for the withdrawal of British military forces at the end of 2014.
The purple finger symbol - a reflection of how voting is recorded in Afghanistan - is being used as an image of Afghan women’s empowerment, and Amnesty is asking people to “put their own purple fingerprint” on a new petition to the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The petition asks DfID to ensure that its work on violence against women is properly resourced and funded and calls on the FCO to ensure that combating violence against women is made a UK a priority in Afghanistan. If you cannot make the event on Saturday, please sign the petition here.