Civil Society as the Realm of Women’s Striving toward Equality

Throughout the world, women’s rights are being overridden by the rise of authoritarian ideologies. Afghan women over the last year have faced a particularly severe form of this patriarchal repression of women’s human equality. As demonstrated in the two items posted here, they have shown special courage and citizen initiative in calling for their rights as integral to a positive future for their country.

Left Behind, And Still They Wait

When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan partners were abandoned to the vengeance of the Taliban – many of them university professors and researchers. We encourage ongoing civil society action in requesting administration and congressional support for fair and expedited processing of at-risk scholars’ applications for J1 visas.

Second Open Letter to the Secretary of State requesting fair process for visas for at-risk Afghan scholars and students

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.

Open letter to Anthony Blinken calling for a fair and efficient visa process for at-risk Afghan academics

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.

Administration Safeguards Afghans from Returning to Danger

Advocates for Afghan Women Scholars and Professionals, among many groups striving to bring at-risk Afghans to safety, welcome this step forward with the Departments of State and Homeland Security’s endorsement of the Afghan Adjustment Act reported here by Human Rights First.

Report from Afghan Civil Society

Afghans for Tomorrow recently issued a statement on the current donor situation in Afghanistan and its impact on civil society organizations, education and women. Amongst their suggestions to deal with this crisis is the provision and prioritization of education and employment opportunities for girls and women.

Unfair Visa Process Faced by At-risk Afghans Confronted at Last

Values of civic responsibility as learning goals of peace education are intended to incline citizens to demand and propose actions that apply governmental institutions and resources to assure the fairness that comprises justice as the foundation of peace. A current injustice, leading civil society to undertake action to achieve policy change, is the delay and denial of  US visas to at-risk Afghans. Both the ACLU and a group of Senators responded to civil society with constructive actions presented in the two texts in this post. 

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