Afghan women march against violence



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Published — Friday 15 February 2013

Last update 14 February 2013 10:06 pm

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KABUL: Dozens of Afghan activists and supporters marched in Kabul yesterday to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse is on the rise.
Afghan women have made great strides in education and official circles since the days under Taleban rule, when they had to wear burqas and were not allowed to go to school or leave their homes without a male relative as an escort. But they still face widespread domestic violence, forced marriages and other problems.
“Violence against women has to be eliminated or at least reduced in Afghanistan,” rights activist Humaira Rasouli said after walking from the landmark Darul Aman Palace just outside Kabul to an area in the city near Parliament. “Unfortunately ... the violence against women rate is increasing day to day.”
Organizers said some 200 people, men and women, participated in the march, which was planned by several Afghan rights groups as part of a global domestic violence awareness campaign called One Billion Rising.
Past protests supporting women’s rights have been attacked by hecklers and men throwing stones, and riot police with helmets and shields stood guard yesterday.
Underscoring the security concerns, protesters had badges and the public was not invited to join. But the march remained peaceful and many women welcomed the support of men along the way.
“It was very successful because usually protests don’t get so many people,” said Manizha Wafeq, one of the organizers.
In August 2009, Afghanistan enacted an Elimination of Violence Against Women law that criminalized child marriage, selling and buying women to settle disputes, assault and other acts of violence against women.
But a UN report issued late last year found that Afghan women still face frequent abuse despite an increase in the prosecution of abusers.
Violence against women also remains largely under-reported because of cultural taboos, social norms and religious beliefs in the conservative Muslim society.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights commission has recorded more than 4,000 cases of violence against women from March 21 to Oct. 21 last year, but most were not reported to police.
“Women don’t have a bright future and the government isn’t doing enough to protect them,” said Faryaa Hashimi, a 20-year-old student at the march.
“We are calling on the international community and Afghan government to protect the women.”

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