As we continue the series on the Taliban’s bans on women’s education and employment, it is essential to our understanding and further action to hear directly from Afghan women who know best the harm these bans impose; not only on the affected women and their families, but on the entire Afghan nation. This statement from a coalition of Afghan women’s organizations fully describes these harms.
Please consider signing this letter in response to the devastating impact of the recent bans on women’s higher education and women’s work in Afghanistan. Religions for Peace and The Interfaith Center of New York are hosting this letter with other faith-based and humanitarian NGOs in advance of high-level meetings between UN Officials and the Taliban or “De Facto Authorities.”
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, in this statement calling for the reversal of the Taliban’s ban on girls’ and women’s education, reiterates the assertions now being made by so many Muslim organizations. The policy is anti-Islamic and contradicts a basic principle of the faith on the right and necessity of education for all, so it must be immediately rescinded.
This statement makes specific demands, including (amongst others), the recognition of the human right to education with the immediate overturn of the ban on women and girls attending universities and secondary schools, and requesting the international community give voice in all fora with “the de facto authorities” to the necessity of fulfilling this right.
We urge members of the GCPE to support Sakena Yacoobi’s plea to give voice to the Afghan people whose dire plight has been generally ignored by the world community and inadequately addressed by the United States who have yet to fulfill promises to the Afghans who, though having assisted the US, were left behind to the mercies of the Taliban.
The recent upsurge in the Taliban’s repression of women cannot go unanswered. The world community, most especially the United States, must take action to address these grave injustices, and do so in accordance with the calls of Afghan Women. All of us should be urging our governments to fulfill these obligations of the world community to assure international standards of human rights and gender justice in Afghanistan.
Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons have heightened tensions, reduced the threshold for use of nuclear weapons, and greatly increased the risk of nuclear conflict and global catastrophe. This briefing paper prepared by ICAN provides an overview of why delegitimization of these threats is urgent, necessary and effective.
We ask for your solidarity with our colleagues in Puerto Rico, especially Anita Yudkin and the UNESCO Chair in Peace Education at the University of Puerto Rico, long active contributors to the Global Campaign for Peace Education. We would be grateful if you could do an adaptation or an endorsement of this letter and send it to your respective Congressional representatives.
This is a second open letter from American academics to the Secretary of State calling for immediate steps to overcome the present obstacles in the visa process that keep so many at-risk Afghan scholars from the US universities to which they have been invited. Thanks to any and all who take steps toward urging action to address the immediate problem.
This appeal from American academics to the Secretary of State calls for action to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of an efficient and equitable visa process for at-risk Afghan academics. We invite all to circulate the letter through their respective networks and encourage Americans to send it to their Senators and Representatives.