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Hi,

I'm doing a paper that has to do with women's rights in Afghanistan. I have read a lot of information on this and I couldn't believe what they go through and the fact that women in the U.S take everything they have for granted. How did you find out about all of this? What was the first thing you did when you found out about this subject? And my last question is, when did this all start? Thank you for reading my email and if you have any additional info can you please send it to me. Thank you very much.

   

Thanks for your concern about women's rights in Afghanistan. While I am certainly concerned about the situation in Afhganistan, I feel that I personally can have a greater impact by focussing on the issues happening in my own community. Therefore, I focus my attention locally, of course, understanding that they all relate.

How did you find out about all of this? I first started hearing about the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan about six years ago. It was while I was preparing to go the UN Conference on Women in Beijing China. I learned about the restrictions the Taliban placed on Afghanie women just as I was learning about other international human rights abuses.

What was the first thing you did when you found out about this? I first educated myself on the subject. For instance, learning that Afghanistan wasn't the perpetrator, but the Taliban, a fundamentalist faction. Therefore, blaming a country and/or a religion wasn't the proper solution. I next found out what people were doing. For instance, I learned that the U.S. Department of State had had several meetings with the Taliban in an attempt to change the situation. (All to no avail.) I also learned that the Feminist Majority Foundation was doing major educational outreach about this issue.

When did this all start? I don't know what this all started -- of course, it didn't happen overnight, but happened in increments. I suggest you contact Feminist Majority to learn more.

I hope this helps,
Amy

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