We are currently watching the UN Security Council to see what action, if any, that will be taken against the Syrian regime for conducting violence against its people. Yet we see little outcry about the systematic violence against half the population in Afghanistan.
The idea that women and girls can be “rotten branches” that need pruning has come home to Canadians most forcefully in the recent trial of the Shafia family in Ontario. The father, Mohammad, the mother Yahya, and their son were found guilty of planning and cold bloodedly killing their teenaged girls and their step mother. The reason? They dressed like many other teens and wanted to join society at large. This family who moved from Afghanistan to Canada is yet another example of the traditions that many Afghanis have toward women there.
There are laws passed to protect women from entrenched brutality, but they are seldom heeded. Even the puppet president of the country maintains this Mediaeval attitude towards females.
In 2011, Afghan President Hamid Karzai pardoned a teen girl who'd been jailed for adultery. She said she'd been raped and fell pregnant as a result. Karzai pardoned her on condition she marry her rapist. Mr. Karzai's government has jailed hundreds of women for having sex out of wedlock and other "moral crimes." Christian Science Monitor
More recently news comes from that beleaguered country that a young mother was strangled by her husband and mother-in-law for the ‘crime’ of giving birth to their third daughter. Source: BBC News
Now that the western powers are seeking to extricate themselves with some dignity from that war torn country women rights groups are expressing their growing concern that they will be dealt out of the peace talks for the sake of expediency. It is not only the Taliban and their most conservative customs that pose a threat to the safety of women in Afghanistan. President Karzai has already exhibited his willingness to violate the basic human rights of females. Women leaders are asking for a seat at the peace negotiations.
Some brave women are speaking up about the entrenched violence against them. Manezha Naderi is one of them. She could be living a comfortable life in the US, holding dual citizenship, she has committed herself to Afghanistan.
Women have the most to lose,” said Manezha Naderi the executive director for “Women for Afghan Women” which provides shelter for abused women throughout the country. “History has shown that they lose the most – their education, their freedom and the same thing can happen again.” World Blog NBC News