Lotsa progress for women in Afghanistan! A few women are standing up for the rights of women. Which means they risk their lives. Now that’s progress!
Fawzya Gailani says her husband beat her when she won a seat in Afghanistan’s parliament.
He was jealous that she won more than 14,000 votes in the country’s first parliamentary election in 2005, while he only polled 160.
BAHAHAHAHAHA! She beat yer ass, you savage! I guess you’ll just have to go rape a seven year old to validate yourself.
“He hadn’t really beat me very often before then,” she told AFP of the man she was forced to marry at age 14.
Well it’s nice to know he’s a GOOD man. I mean, in Afghanistan, only being beaten now and then is the mark of a good man, right?
“But he was so jealous that he beat me a few times. I left soon afterwards and I’ve never been back.”
Way to go, girl! Now might I suggest that you start an underground movement and meet underground with all abused Afghan women who are forced to wear woolen garbage bags over their bodies and risk being shot in the head at the whim of the Taliban. Then you can set up a time and date when you collectively kill your husbands in their sleep.We can make a Lifetime movie out of it and I guarantee we will all watch!
Gailani is confident of retaining her seat but her victory will have come at huge personal cost.
In late August, five of her campaign workers were kidnapped by the Taliban, she said, and shot dead. Four were relatives — three cousins and a brother-in-law. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
The Taliban have been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for almost nine years and this month said anyone associated with the elections is a target. At least three candidates have been killed since campaigning began in June.
Election authorities have said about four percent or around 1,000 polling stations will not open because security cannot be guaranteed.
In Herat the Taliban control a number of districts, notably those populated by Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s dominant ethnic group, who make up the bulk of the insurgency.
Officials say women are the most vulnerable to Taliban violence, many receiving regular death threats, and New York-based Human Rights Watch said last week: “Women candidates are facing the highest level of intimidation.”
While grieving the loss of her team members, Gailani is unwavering in her commitment to the cause that elevated her to political power — that of Afghan women, whom campaigners say are among the most oppressed and abused people in the world.
While the post-Taliban constitution guarantees women such rights as education and employment outside the home, in reality many continue to be treated as chattels and slaves in the name of religion and tradition.
Looks like that “Constitution” George put in place isn’t worth the powder to blow it up with.
With fun like this, who needs to go to school!
Anecdotal examples abound of young women betrothed as toddlers, exchanged for animals or to pay debts, beaten and raped by their husbands, jailed by their families for refusing arranged marriages, murdered for the family’s “honour”, becoming mothers as soon as their bodies are ready, barred from leaving their homes.
And these people are upset because we don’t “respect” them and don’t feel particularly receptive to replacing our Constitution with Sharia? What on earth is the matter with us, hey?
I’ll bet my idea is starting to look better to Afghan women all the time.