Afghan Women Demonstrate, Appeal to Intl Community
Dozens of women held a demonstration in front of the United Nations office in Kabul and called on the international community to not give up on Afghan women. They chanted slogans calling for food, work, freedom and equality and called on the international community to "save Afghanistan from disaster.” The called on the International community to not abandon Afghans, particularly women. “The children are dying from starvation. The families are struggling to find bread for their children. International community: please hear our voice--don’t abandon Afghanistan and its people,” said Atifa, a protestor. The protest was launched from Shahr-e Naw Park and ended in front of the United Nations office in Kabul. “We are witnessing the gradual death of Afghanistan. Poverty forced us to gather here. The price of materials is spiking and the government is unable to control the prices,” said Marjana Amiri, a protestor. The women released a statement about the world’s silence toward Afghan women’s rights. The Islamic Emirate reiterated its pledge to ensure women’s rights under the Islamic Regulation. “The women who worked in the government departments are not dismissed. Their salaries will be paid. No one was dismissed as of now” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate. When the Islamic Emirate came to power, girls in grade 7-12 were banned from going to schools in many provinces across the country. The female government employees have yet to return to their posts.