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Millions Of Afghan Women Will Be Denied Vote Due To Female Staff Shortage

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Millions of Afghan women will be denied their chance to vote in presidential elections this week because there aren't enough female officials to staff the women-only polling stations. Strict cultural norms mean women can't vote in male-run stations.


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Mandi T (367)
Monday August 17, 2009, 5:03 pm
Very sad situtation, since most those women want to vote!
Tks Tom

Tierney G (381)
Monday August 17, 2009, 5:25 pm
Oh this is awful. I mean they really are way over the top with these laws of theirs. They should put off voting until everyone can vote.
Thanks Tom

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 17, 2009, 6:46 pm
I agree with Tierney, give them extra time or let them start earlier. Is no reason that their laws should deny the woman a chance to vote....another way the men keep those women under their thumb.

Linda H (199)
Monday August 17, 2009, 7:20 pm
This is a tragic situation! It is not just that they can not vote but they are treated so terribly. Thanks,Tom.

Jelica R (144)
Monday August 17, 2009, 7:23 pm
This is just a welcome excuse.
Afghan warlords want to stay in power. They don't want elections.

Mary Ann Clark (81)
Monday August 17, 2009, 7:39 pm
Make it a two or three day election so women do have the right to vote. Thanks Tom.

Rosemary R (642)
Monday August 17, 2009, 9:03 pm
Karzai's crime against women is more than just keeping them away from the polls ... it's keeping them locked in their homes abused and used for sex only !

Afghan warlord returns to help President Karzai in polls

greenplanet e (155)
Monday August 17, 2009, 9:14 pm
Karzai was the US's puppet. Probably the result of the elections will be what the US wants, anyway. Not a very safe place to be with the ongoing occupation, as well.

But of course the women should be able to vote.

sue M (184)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 12:18 am
Enforced democracy at it's best!

Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:48 am
Very sad

. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:51 am
Unfair, unfair.. it is the women that are the most loyal when it comes to voting... Are these men in government worried about being voted out... weakest link Goodbye

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 3:49 am
This fundamentalist, sexist "culture" is some new B.S.!

Back in the 1970s, women in Afghanistan had much more equality, and there was much less segregation, than there is today! And then the U.S. started giving guerrilla and terrorist training to fundamentalist mullahs and rich landlords, to overthrow the progressive government that the people of Afghanistan created in the 1970s. Then the USSR sent in troops to support that people's government against Afghanistan's "mujahedeen" (Afghanistan's fundamentalist guerrillas/terrorists), and the USA increased its support for the "mujahedeen" to try to make Afghanistan into "the USSR's Vietnam War".

I recommend this article, to learn more of this, the history of Afghanistan which the U.S. capitalist media won't tell you:

I also recommend R.A.W.A., Afghanistan's oldest women's rights organisation:

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 3:52 am
Chaz Gaily Berlusconi wrote:

"Unfair, unfair.. it is the women that are the most loyal when it comes to voting... Are these men in government worried about being voted out... weakest link Goodbye"

Of course they're worried about being voted out! Most of the politicians in Afghanistan's parliament are fundamentalist Northern Alliance warlords, who are no better for women's rights than the Taliban! (And that's the oppressive, corrupt and unrepresentative government who the U.S.-led occupation troops are supporting!) Politicians who care about women's rights are a tiny minority in Afghanistan's parliament, such as the progressive woman politician, Malalai Joya.

If Afghanistan is to achieve human rights, they need the U.S.-led occupation forces to stop supporting the Northern Alliance, they need the U.S.-led occupation forces to stop killing people and destroying their homes (which drives people to join the Taliban), they need the USA to finally ensure free and fair elections in Afghanistan - or else get the hell out of Afghanistan (as most people in Afghanistan want), to let the people of Afghanistan overthrow the U.S.-supported fundamentalist Northern Alliance warlords and the Taliban. (The progressive people of Afghanistan say that they can overthrow the fundamentalists much easier if the U.S.-led military leaves.)
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