Save Women’s Shelters in Afghanistan

The government of Afghanistan has recently introduced a bill that wrests control of women’s shelters in Afghanistan from the local Afghan women’s NGOs that have founded and run them, and transfers that control to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA). This bill could become the law of the land ANY DAY NOW.

If this bill becomes law:Women and girls seeking shelter will be required to plead their case before an eight-member Government panel, including conservative members of the Supreme Court and Ministry of Justice. This panel will determine whether a woman needs to be in a shelter or should be sent to jail or returned to her home (and her abuser).

Women will have to undergo “forensic” exams (virginity tests) to determine whether they have had sex and therefore committed adultery. The tests are medically invalid.

Once admitted to a shelter, women will be forbidden to leave. Their shelter will become their prison.

There is no discussion in the bill of women’s human rights, of the horrific abuse that most women in shelters have suffered and fled.  The bill discusses shelter food but not how women’s rights will be protected and justice achieved.

And perhaps worst of all, if any family member comes to claim her, even her abuser, she will be handed over to that person, in most cases to be subjected to the harshest retribution for shaming the family.

Read more and sign the petition here.

11 thoughts on “Save Women’s Shelters in Afghanistan

    1. Patricia Reid

      I am shocked that once again the women in Afghanistan are treated worse than an animal. The obvious lack of human rights as pertaining to these women is monstrous and out-dated in this modern world. We need to raise our voices and let the women know that we understand their plight and that hopefully someone, somewhere will hear our collective voice and that positive changes will be made..

  1. Zeni Maartman

    Are we not supposed to be in Afghanistan to improve the lives of women and children? How are we sowing the seeds of democracy when these atrocities take place. Women around the world need to stand together as sisters. If not now, when?

  2. Pauilne Fallis

    I have known of the plight of the women of Afghanistan ever since the article in the Homemakers magazine by Doris Anderson several years ago. Their lack of rights and poor living conditions really upset me. The women of Afghanistan need our support in any way that we can.

  3. Irene Wright

    I can barely imagine how it must be to be born female in Afghanistan as it is today. In fact, it is easiest to think about anything else.

  4. Eric G. Gable, M.D.

    What have we sent our (male & female soldiers over there to be killed (or seriously risk it), to allow this to happen?

    This is absolutely atrocious! Our Federal Government must press as hard as humanly possible to prevent this!


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