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- 1924 days ago -
A backlash against high-profile women has already begun. Call on David Cameron to take a lead on supporting and protecting women's right in Afghanistan.


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Nancy C (806)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 6:52 am

Dear Nancy,

Six years ago, Dr D was working as a gynaecologist in Afghanistan. Many of the women she treated had experienced sexual violence, often from men within their own families. Some sought abortions to avoid death by so-called ‘honour killings’.

By helping these women, Dr D put her own life at risk. ‘I would receive threatening night letters and phone calls from the Taliban, warning that they would kill me and my family because of my work.’

In March 2009, the threats became reality.

It was late afternoon and her twin sons, aged 11, were playing outside. Dr D heard a big bang. The windows shattered. ‘I ran outside and saw my son lying in a pool of blood. His clothes were torn apart and he was covered in blood.’

Her son survived, but six months later Dr D’s 22 year old brother was killed in a grenade attack outside their home. Dr D has now moved to a different region and stopped carrying out abortions, but she says:

‘I don’t feel safe at all – not for myself, not for my kids, and not for my husband. The shadow of fear follows me all the time.’

On International Women’s Day, call on David Cameron to speak up for women like Dr D

Dr D is not alone in her experience. And there are worrying signs that the backlash against women like her is worsening.

In the last six months, nine high-profile women in Afghanistan have been attacked. Many fatally, and almost all with impunity.

Sushmita Banerjee – a well-known author – was dragged out of her house and shot 15 times in September

Masooma, a policewoman from Nimruz, was shot on 5 December

On 19 December, a policewoman and a pregnant teacher were found hanged in Uruzgan

Yalda Waziri, a local government official, was murdered by unknown attackers in January

No more backlash against Afghan women – email the Prime Minister

As you know, this is a crucial year for women in Afghanistan. In a month’s time the country will hold presidential elections. Soon afterwards, international troops will withdraw.

So please continue, as you have done throughout this campaign, to keep women’s rights centre stage and ensure fragile progress for women is not lost. Email David Cameron now and call on him to speak u

Frances Darcy (92)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 6:58 am

Solitary Eagle (324)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 7:30 am
Signed and shared. Thanks, Nancy.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 9:20 am
Signed-thx Nancy

Ben O (130)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 10:00 am
Done. -It's International Women's Day!

Animae C (509)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:13 pm

Carrie B (306)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:48 pm
Signed and noted.

Maria S (95)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 7:06 am
Noted & signed! Thanks Nancy!

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 8:24 am

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. (0)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:02 am

Jabi Yeonnmin (164)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:12 am

Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:24 am
Signed, thanks.

. (0)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 10:21 am
email sent

Gene J (288)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 10:22 am
This is my greatest regret as we prepare to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans, what will happen to the women. We already know they were forced to give up their professions, even medical doctors, under the Taliban, I don't expect Karzai's government, or any civil government to long survive our departure, so will the world just watch as the women of Afghanistan are again brutalized as it did during the Taliban years and do nothing or will the UN show some backbone and attempt, at minimum, to protect them, their right to work, to be educated, to have lives independent of men? I hope so, but history is a great teacher and the history of this country does not bode well for the future of women and girls in it.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 10:38 am

Jane H (139)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 11:54 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:09 pm
Noted and signed. I think Afghan women can also talk for themselves and stand firm for their rights.

Linda Moore (240)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:27 pm
Noted, signed, tweeted.

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:32 pm
noted,signed,shared on fb,twitter,google.thx

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:52 pm
Signed and shared in private email. noted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:54 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:54 pm

barbara C Horban (56)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 1:21 pm
Noted signed shared

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 1:29 pm

norma laborie (33)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 2:53 pm

Colleen L (3)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 3:34 pm
Email sent. Thanks Nancy

Petra M (259)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 3:55 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 4:16 pm
Signed and noted

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 5:02 pm
Thank you, Nancy. Signed.
.............. # 5.682 actions taken so far, help us reach 6,000

Elisa F (235)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 5:29 pm
N&S. Thanks, Nancy.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 7:28 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Nancy.

Fran F (116)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:27 pm
DONE! Thank you, Nancy.

Caroline S (78)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:25 am
Absolutely signed!

Inge B (202)
Monday March 10, 2014, 3:01 am
Sent the message


Yvonne F (181)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:40 am
Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So very very very signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Nancy for yet a great post!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:56 am

Winn A (179)
Monday March 10, 2014, 7:13 am
Thanks Nancy - Petition Signed and Shared and Comment left.

Jo S (619)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:42 pm
Noted, signed & shared.

Thanks Nancy.

Ana Lopes (92)
Monday March 10, 2014, 2:17 pm

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Monday March 10, 2014, 10:39 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Nancy.

Ann L (15)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:03 am
Signed and shared

Nancy Black (308)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:55 pm
Noted,tweeted, shared, signed. This is reality; women are considered inferior in most societies even Western ones. Physically, women are weaker and culturally men have taken the lead because of their physical strength. We, women especially, need to prove strength should not determine equality. No doubt about it, most men are physically stronger than women because of their genetic make up. No doubt about it, women can give birth; men can't, because of their genetic make up. That doesn't make either of them inferior. They both have a purpose and both should be treated with dignity and equality.

C P (98)
Monday March 17, 2014, 3:11 pm
me2 S&N

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:36 pm
Signed and Noted with thanks Nancy.Unfortunately the women and young girls are going to have to fight for their rights.

Melania P (123)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 9:52 am
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