This is from the Afghan Women's Organisation news feed. http://www.rawa.org/rawa/2009/12/06/not-all-feminists-love-escalati...
'The US "War on terrorism" removed the Taliban regime in October 2001, but it has not removed religious fundamentalism which is the main cause
of all our miseries. In fact, by reinstalling the warlords in power in
Afghanistan, the US administration is replacing one fundamentalist
regime with another.
'The United Nations said Wednesday that 346 children were killed in Afghanistan last year, more than half of them by NATO forces, mostly in air strikes
'More than a quarter of Afghan children -- 257 out of 1,000 -- will die before they reach their fifth birthday and 165 out of every 1,000
will die in the first year of their lives, more than any place in the
world. UNICEF data 2008
Afghanistan also has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world after Sierra Leone, with 1,800 women per 100,000 live births
dying during child birth, according to UNICEF estimates from 2005.'
'No school for almost half of Afghan children. Five million school-age children do not go to school
Wardak said that in 200 out of 412 districts across the country there were no girls studying at al
l, mainly for fear of Taliban attack or
because in many rural areas girls have traditionally not been educated'.
'Fifty-seven percent of all marriages that take place in Afghanistan are
classified as child marriages
by UNIFEM (under the legal age of 16),
and 70 to 80 percent as forced marriages.
RAWA is Afghan women doing great work with Afghan Women and Children. If you follow the links you can see that it is not easy to donate to them, you can't just use your credit card.
Can someone here help them set that up? Then you could be helping them in a big way.Financial sources
As a feminist organization struggling for freedom, democracy and
women's rights with a clear anti-fundamentalist stand, RAWA has been
deprived of support from governments, UN or NGOs working for
Afghanistan. We are mainly relied on individual donations that we
receive from our supporters around the world. The membership fee of our
members and supporters in and outside Afghanistan is another source
of our finances. We also generate some from the sale of carpets and
traditional handicrafts products of our workplaces. Our publications,
and posters also contribute to our thin resources however we are
it difficult to match with our ever increasing needs. That is why we
not been able to publish our journal regularly. Other activities of
such as holding seminars and conferences, staging demonstrations and
lobbying for our rights have been severely hampered. We feel that the
and impact of Afghan women’s activism for the cause of democracy, and
fundamentalism, would have been much wider and more tangible if we were
not in financial dire straits.