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For the last year in office, President Karzai should ensure that all enforcement agencies tackle this monumental problem with vigor.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:27 am
Target: President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

Goal: Take urgent action against child marriages and domestic violence

Since the signing of the law that made violence against women illegal in 2009, the Afghan president has provided vital protection for both women and girls. For the last year in office, President Karzai should ensure that all enforcement agencies tackle this monumental problem with vigor.

This Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women implements tough penalties for those that abuse women and girls, whether they are in a consensual marriage or a forced one. Unfortunately, this piece of legislation does not make it illegal for any child to get married before they are eighteen years old, although human rights activists are currently pushing for this to happen in Afghanistan. The reason for this push is due to the popularity of child marriages in Afghanistan. Girls as young as sixteen are married and a year later are giving birth, but giving birth at such a young age can lead to a risk of injury and sometimes death. According to Human Rights Watch, in Afghanistan a woman dies every two hours due to pregnancy. Another consequence of pregnancy at a young age is a severe medical issue called fistula. Fistula is a preventable injury that happens when the woman is in prolonged labor, creating a hole in her birth canal. Because of the nature of the injury, the woman will leak urine or feces. If the condition isnít treated, it can lead to other serious medical problems and cause death. Government statistics show that twenty-five percent of women and girls who were married under the age of sixteen were diagnosed with fistula and seventeen percent were under sixteen when they gave birth.

It is important that President Karzai tackles both domestic abuse and child marriages/pregnancies because of the toll it takes on the economy and society. If these girls wait several years into adulthood before having babies, their health risk decreases significantly. This would mean that the woman and her family would have a smaller medical bill and fret less about their health or economic condition. Domestic violence in Afghanistan is distressingly high, as a 2006 report from Global Rights stated that eighty-five percent of Afghan women had suffered physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. The problem has grown at such an alarming rate that many women and girls commit suicide by lighting themselves on fire, and it is believed that the violence and stress is linked to childhood marriages and domestic abuse.

Afghanistan has been slow to adopt policies that protect their women, but now that the law is made, it is crucial that government officials ensure that women and girls are protected. Even though President Karzai leaves office next year, he can leave a lasting legacy by guaranteeing that those who abuse women are punished to the full extent of the law. If you believe that the president should heavily enforce this during his last term, sign the petition below.


Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:28 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:29 am

This is the kind of program that the UN does do well, teaching the people to be more open, and protective of their own in society.

Thank you, Beverly -- Your signature has been recorded.

Teresa W. (786)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:36 am
noted and signed, thank you

Ben Oscarsito (258)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:48 am

natasha salgado (715)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:43 pm

Jim Phillips (3255)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:15 pm
Petition signed.

Violence against girls and women should be outlawed.

Initiate programs to teach young boys and men that it is not ok to be violent towards girls and women. Would the boys and men want to have violence, rape, abuses, slavery towards them?

Time for Afghanistan to start protecting their girls and women against violence,
slavery, sexual abuse, rape and child marriages.

No young girl, women should be forced into a marriage they don't want.

Ty, Beverly.

Animae C. (520)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:39 pm
Your signature has been recorded.

Rose Becke (142)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
Your signature has been recorded.

Mary T. (357)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:51 pm
Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word:

Judy C. (102)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:34 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:45 am
Signed, of course.

Caroline S. (81)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:29 am
Signed, of course.

Frances Darcy (225)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:33 am

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:35 am
noted and signed

Mike M. (44)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:08 am

Gloria picchetti (310)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:11 am

Fi T. (21)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:23 am
What's marriage?

Emma S. (240)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:45 am
Done! Thanks, Beverly.

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:23 am
Your signature has been recorded. I'll sign but frankly feel this will do little good. We've made a mess of their Country and the men for the most part either made out well financially from the wheeling and dealing that a war will bring into their Country and most men don't want to give up the power over the woman. This will need to be a long educational process to instill in the men that the women have inherit worth and are not on par with the work animals they beat with a switch.

Barb Knight (1699)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:46 pm
Deplorable!! Signed!! TY Beverly.

. (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:58 pm
petition signed

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:22 am
Noted and signed. TY Beverly

Hugo L. (255)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Beverly
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