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> Da: Silvia JONA <pugliese.jona@flashnet.it>
> A: cgambetti@linknet.it; mc7612@mclink.it; md3199@mclink.it;
100idee@campo.comune.siena.it; mc3760@mclink.it;
paolon@liceo-vallisneri.lu.it; m.tampellini@eponet.it; carlaro@tin.it;
maricama@tin.it; mc6099@mclink.it; giulca@no.sctrade.it; lbrasin@tin.it;
uffstupe@tin.it; aosta1@tol.it; michelini@fisica.uniud.it;
mar.val@flashnet.it
> Oggetto: appello per le donne afgane
> Data: marted́ 2 febbraio 1999 9.54
> 
> Ho ricevuto e vi giro ... vedete un po' che cosa volete farne!
>          Ciao,  Silvia e Valentina> 
> >In a message dated 1/19/99 8:55:43 AM EST, womensedge@igc.org writes:
> 
> Concerned friends:
> > >
> > >       Please sign petition at the bottom to support and include your
> > >town.  If you receive this list with more than 50 names on it, please
> > >email a copy of it to:  sarabande@brandeis.edu
> > >
> > >       Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do
not
> > >kill the petition. Thank you.
> > >It is best to copy rather than forward this document.
> > >
> > >BACKGROUND:
> > > The situation in Afghanistan is getting so bad that one person in an
> > >editorial in the Times compared the treatment of women there to the
> > >treatment of Jews in pre-holocaust Poland. Since the Taliban took
power
> > >in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been beaten and stoned
> > >in public for not having the proper attire, even if this means simply
> > >not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes.  One woman was
> > >beaten to DEATH by an angry mob of fundamentalists for accidentally
> > >exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was stoned to death
for
> > >trying to leave the country with a man that was not a relative.  Women
> > >are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male
> > >relative; professional women such as professors,
> > >translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers have been forced
from
> > >their jobs and stuffed into their homes, so that depression is
becoming
> > >so widespread that it has reached emergency levels.
> > >
> > > There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to know the
suicide
> > >rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the
suicide
> > >rate among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for
> > >severe depression and would rather take their lives than live in such
> > >conditions, has increased significantly. Homes where a woman is
present
> > >must have their windows painted so that she can never be seen by
> > >outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that they are never heard.
> > >
> > > Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest misbehavior.
> > >Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or husbands are
> > >either starving to death or begging on the street, even if they hold
> > >Ph.D.s.  There are almost no medical facilities available for women.
> > >Relief workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking
> > >medicine and psychologists and other things necessary to treat the
> > >sky-rocketing level of depression among women. At one of the rare
> > >hospitals for women, a reporter found still, nearly lifeless bodies
> > >lying motionless on top of  beds, wrapped in their burqua, unwilling
to
> > >speak, eat or do anything, but are slowly wasting away. Others have
gone
> > >mad and were seen crouched in corners, perpetually rocking or crying,
> > >most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when what little
> > >medication that is left finally runs
> > >out,  leaving these women in front of the president's residence as a
> > >form of  peaceful protest.
> > >
> > > It is at the point where the term 'human rights violations' have
become
> > >an understatement. Husbands have the power of life and death over
their
> > >women relatives, especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as
> > >much right to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an
> > >inch of flesh or offending them in the slightest way. David Cornwell
has
> > >told me that we in the United States should not judge the Afghan
people
> > >for such treatment because it is a 'cultural thing', but this is not
> > >even true. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to work, dress generally as
> > >they wanted, and drive and appear in public alone until only 1996 --
the
> > >rapidity of this transition
> > >is the main reason for the depression and suicide; women who were once
> > >educators or doctors or simply used to basic human freedoms are now
> > >severely restricted and treated as sub-human in the name of right-wing
> > >fundamentalist Islam. It is not their tradition or 'culture', but is
> > >alien to them, and it is extreme even for those cultures where
> > >fundamentalism is the rule.  Besides, if we could  excuse everything
on
> > >cultural grounds, then we should not be appalled that the
Carthaginians
> > >sacrificed their infant children, that little girls are circumcised in
> > >parts of Africa, that blacks in the deep south in the 1930's were
> > >lynched, prohibited from voting and forced to submit to unjust Jim
Crow
> > >laws. Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if
they
> > >are women in a Muslim country in a part of the world that Americans do
> > >not understand. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the
name
> > >of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, Americans can
> > >certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and
> > >injustice committed against women by the Taliban.
> > >
> > >Kathleen Barbosa
> > >Anita C. Hill Wingspan Ministry St.. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church
> > >100
> > >N. Oxford St. St. Paul, MN 55104-6540 (651) 224-3371
> > >
> 
> > > STATEMENT:
> 
> > > ****** In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women
in
> > > Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves support and
action
> > >by
> > > the people of the United States and the U.S. Government and that the
> > > current situation overseas will not be tolerated. Women's Rights is
not
> > >a
> > > small issue anywhere and it is UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1998 to be
> > > treated as sub-human and so much as property. Equality and human
> > >decency
> > > is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives in Afghanistan or the
> > >United
> > > States.
> > > *****
> > >
> > >  1) Helen Schietinger, Washington DC
> > >  2) Donna Davis, Washington DC
> > >  3) Calle Almedal
> > >  4) Roy Carlegaard
> > >  5) Chris W. Green, Jakarta
> > >  6) Marina Mahathir, Kuala Lumpur
> > >  7) Sharon Tickle, Brisbane, Australia.
> > >  8) Irene Tinker, Portland, Oregon
> > >  9) Ritu Sharma, Annapolis, Maryland
> >    10) Joanna Catalano
> >    11)  Tim Vickery, Washington DC
>      12) Claudia Fumo, Washington DC
>      13) Elena Volpi, Washington DC
>      14) Maurizia Tovo, Washington DC
>      15)Mariangela Badini, Torino, Italy
>      16)Luisa Pugliese, Torino, Italy
>      17) Daniela Anau, Ivrea, Italy
>      18) Raffaele Pugliese,  Ivrea, Italy
>      19) Silvia Jona,  Ivrea, Italy
>      20) Alfredo Pugliese,  Ivrea, Italy
>      21) Valentina Montel, Ivrea, Italy
> 
> Silvia Pugliese Jona
> <pugliese.jona@flashnet.it>

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