Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Canada is not helping the women of Afghanistan

[photo of Malalai Joya]
Photo by AfghanKabul.
The false excuse most often brought out by those in favour of Canada’s continued military actions in Afghanistan is that we are somehow making things better for women in that country.

Malalai Joya, the woman who was elected to Afghan’s new parliament after the post-9/11 invasion, who has been viciously attacked by her fellow parliamentarians (many of whom are warlords and drug-runners), and who is under constant threat of assassination, speaks out against the falsehood of Afghani women having been “liberated” by the invasion and occupation. She writes:
“Under the nose of NATO troops and Canadian troops, the situation of women is getting worse day by day.”
Please see her statement “Malalai Joya: Canada should change its policy on Afghanistan” published by RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. RAWA is the most credible source on the state of human rights for women in Afghanistan.

(Former Canadian Member of Parliament, Alexa McDonough, has also written about Canada’s role in Afghanistan.)

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