[Techtalk] Agfan Women

Helaine McFerron helaine_mcferron at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 8 23:33:33 EST 2001

Recently, the editor of Chatelaine (Sally Armstrong,  ex Homemaker's 
Editor)was interviewed on BCC radio. She had just returned from a trip
to Afghanistan to see the present state of affairs for herself, having been 
told the situation had "improved". She stated that the situation has 
deteriorated even further, as is detailed in the following message. She 
noted that there has been a worldwide outcry against the Taliban's recent 
destruction of ancient Buddhist statues, far more vocal than any outcry 
against the Taliban's destruction of Afghan women!

With the speed and scope of Email, we can, if we persist, provide not 9,000, 
but 9,000,000 signatures to the governments of the free world.

Let's do it!

Subject: Afghani women - If you decide not to
forward this, please send it back to me.

This is an actual petition, and "signatures" will be lost if you drop the 

Please take a few minutes out of your life to do your part for our  sisters 
in Afghanistan. Be sure to include other members of your    household who 
are willing to sign. Oprah recently had a show about this atrocity and it 
was heartbreaking.

Petition to the United Nations Background

Madhu, the government of Afghanistan, is waging a war upon women. 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 her 

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 restricted 
to their homes.

    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
    they are never heard. Women live in fear of their
   lives for the

    Because they cannot work, those without male
   relatives or husbands are
    either starving to death or begging in the street,
   even if they hold

    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
    suicide rate among women must be extraordinarily
   high: those who
    find proper medication and treatment for severe
   depression and would
    rather take their lives than live in such
   conditions. At one of the
     rare hospitals for women, reporter found still,
   nearly lifeless bodies
    motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their
   burqua, unwilling to
    eat, or do anything, but slowly waste away. Others
   have gone mad and
    were seen crouched in corners, perpetually rocking
   or crying, most of
    them in fear.

    It is at the point where the term "human rights
   violations" has become
    an understatement. Husbands have the power of life
   and death over
    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
    flesh or offending them in the slightest way.
   Women enjoyed relative
    to work, to dress generally as they wanted, and to
   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
    doctors or simply used to basic human freedoms are
   now severely
    treated as subhuman in the name of right-wing
   fundamentalist Islam. It
    is not their tradition or 'culture', but it is
   alien to them, and it
    extreme even for those cultures where
   fundamentalism is the rule.
    Everyone has a right to a tolerable human
   existence, even if they are
    women in a Muslim country.

    If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the
   name of human
    for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the
   world can certainly
    express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder
   and injustice

    against women by the Taliban.

    STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the
   current treatment of
    women in Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE
   and deserves action by

    United Nations and that the current situation
   overseas will not be

    Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere, and
    for women in 2001 to be treated as subhuman and as
   so much property.
    Equality and human decency is a fundamental RIGHT,
   not a freedom to be
    whether one lives in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

    1) Giuliana D. Black, Daly City, CA, USA
    2) Mariam Nayiny, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    3) Sunaina Gulati-Ruh, Palo Alto, CA USA
    4) Megan McCaslin, Palo Alto, CA USA
    5) Blake Hallanan, San Francisco, Ca. USA
    6) Kit Henderson, Sacramento, CA USA
    7) Kara Myers, San Francisco, CA
    8) Ellen Tilden, San Francisco, CA
    9) Vanessa Ross, San Francisco, CA
    10) Jenna Shaw- Battista, San Francisco, CA
    11) Jeanne Racik, B!erkeley, CA
    12) Julie Silas, Oakland, CA
    13) Renee Longstreet, Tarzana, CA
    14) Susan Johnson, Encino, CA
    15) Kenneth Johnson, Encino, CA
    16) Terri Treas, Los Angeles, CA
    17) Amy Retzinger, North Hollywood, CA
    18) Babette Crooms, Los Angeles, CA
    19) Olivia Kienzel; Santa Barbara, CA
    20) Sean Dexheimer, Los Angeles, CA
    21) Elio Chavez, Jr., Pasadena, CA
    22) Gregory Kastigar, Los Angeles, CA
    23) Robert Collie, Los Angeles, CA
    24) Jeff Garvin, Brea, CA
    25) Tricia Allen, Shermn Oaks, CA
    26) Joleen Nordstrom ~ Hollywood, CA
    27) Theresa Donahoe - Martinez,CA
    28) Jennifer Horn - Concord, CA
    29) Roxanne Ryan - Alamo, CA
    30) Miriam Tyler- San Jose CA
    31) John Burns- San Jose CA
    32) Kristin Lynn Minick- Fort Worth TX
    33) Jeff Neal- Marietta, GA
    34) Anna Neal- Marietta, GA
    35) Frances Murley-Fort Worth, TX
    36) David Murley-London, England, UK
    37) Jillian Dykhouse, Colleyville, TX
    38) Bonnie Dykhouse,Colleyville,TX
     39) Nancy Williams, Colleyville, TX
    40) Georgene Farr, Sterling Heights, MI
    41) Joanne Arensberg, Riverview, MI
    42) Luann Ouellette, Vermillion, SD
    43) Sandie Sullivan, Vermillion, SD
    44) Troy Nelson, Minneapolis, MN USA
    45) Joseph Miller, Minneapolis, MN USA
     46) Kathleen Miller, White Bear Lake, MN USA
    47) Jerry Marquis, Mpls. Mn. USA
    48) Julie Stokes, Coon Rapids, MN USA
    49) Tracy Ford, Blaine, MN USA
    50) Sheila Lawrence, Monticello, MN USA
    51) Brenda Kitchen, Westlake Village,
    52) Teresa Burke, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
    53) Bruce Ehrlich, Sherman Oaks, CA USA
    54) Yllania Francis, Los Angeles, CA USA
    55) Drew Hedin, Los Angeles, CA USA
    56) Laura Paridon, Laguna Woods, CA USA
    57) Jeanie Hagedorn, Des Moines, IA USA
    58) Sue Christensen, Des Moines, IA USA
    59) Sybil Finken, Glenwood, IA USA
    60) Luke Finken, Earth
    61) Doug Gerace, Lincoln, NE USA
    62) Cheryl Gerace, NE
    63) Sheri Lew, CO
    64) Raven Grace, Boulder, CO
    65) Martha M.Mertz, EL, Michigan
    66) Colleen R. Cooper, Okemos, Michigan
    67) Barbara J. Sawyer-Koch, East Lansing, MI
    68) Margaret A. Meyers, Okemos, Michigan
    69) Mary Helen Espes, Okemos, Michigan
    70) Maureen Kirchhoff, Allenspark, CO
    71) Bart Johnson, Err, France
    72) Sharon!O'Connor, Olympia, WA USA
    73) Nancy Irving, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
    74) Martha Lindley, Seattle, WA, USA
    75) Judith Alexander, Woodinville, WA, USA
    76) Arlene B. Hawkinson, Seattle, WA, USA
    77) Christine E. Mobley, Bothell, WA, USA
    78) Trudie Breen, CA, USA
    79) Catherine Standiford, CA, USA
    80) Beverly Truett, AZ, USA
    81) Christine Meehan,AZ,USA
    82) Janice Gilbert, Valley Center, CA, USA
    83) Dawna Upchurch, Anchorage, AK USA
    84) Roxanna Groves, Olympia, WA USA
    85) Lynda Lynde, Helena, MT USA
    86) Constance Gelu, University Place, WA USA
    87) Jodi Woolett, Tacoma, WA USA
    88) Lisa I. Reeves- Lynden, WA USA
    89) Amanda James-Bow, WA USA
    90) Kelli J. Smith, New Port Richey, FL USA
    91) Chris Poirier, Largo, Fl USA
    92) Mike Carpenter, Palmetto, Fl USA
    93) Alice Pryor, Melbourne FL USA
    94) Ellen Catano, Manchester NH USA
    95) Bevely Jennings, Cincinnati OH USA
    96) Linda Feely, Norwood,OH USA
    97) Sherry Stidham, Norwood OH USA
    98) Brittany Brown, Cincinnati OH USA
    99) Sandy Brown, Cincinnati, Oh USA
    100) Tim Brown, Cincinnati, OH USA
    101) Pat Brown, Cincinnati, OH USA
    102) Amy Cregger, Memphis, TN USA
    103) Kay Emerick, Logan, OH USA
    104) Trina Bookman, Logan, OH USA
    105) X-Mozilla-Status: 0009uis, Mo USA
    106) Jeannette Ward, Memphis, TN USA
    107) Elisabeth Davis, Memphis, Tn USA
    108) Rose Klimek, Memphis, TN USA
    109) Barbara K. White, Hoquiam, WA, USA
    110) Paula J. Eriksen, Palm Harbor, Florida USA
    111) Rag!nar Eriksen, Palm Harbor, Florida USA
    113) Barbara Stiner,Oldsmar,FL,USA
    114) Jac'line Weisgerber,Clearwater,FL,USA
    115) Charlotte Beadles, Douglasville, GA, USA
    116) Jody Hoadley, Powder Springs, GA, USA
    117) Hope Howard, Atlanta, GA, USA
    118) Cliff Howard, Atlanta, GA, USA
    119) Kay Chicoine, Atlanta, GA USA
    120) Mark Chicoine, Atlanta, GA USA
    121) Paula King, Lexington, KY,USA
    122) Sally Weissman,Minneapolis,Mn,USA
    123) Susan Abbott, New Brighton, MN USA
    124) Rachel Fine, St. Louis Park, MN, USA
    125) Deb Harley,Eden Prairie, MN,Usa
    126) Barb Handahl,Faribault, MN,USA
    127) Ann Olson,Chamberlain S.D.USA
    128) Deb Hunt,Sioux Falls S.D.USA
    129) Anne Frankman, Sioux Falls, SD USA
    130) Susie Kostel, Tabor, SD USA
    131) Julie Anderson, Mount Prospect, IL USA
    132) Janet Tilden, Fremont, NE USA
    133) Debbie Bowman, Kingston Springs, TN, USA
    134) Shari Watkins, Franklin, TN, USA
    135) Teresa Beck, Columbia, TN USA
    136) Amy Stephens, Brentwood, TN, USA
    137) Vicki Warren, Lyles, TN, USA
    138) Linda Lupo, Westland, MI, USA
     139) Cathie McClary, Clinton Twp. MI, USA
    140) Diane Catellane, Clinton Twp. MI, USA
    141) Judy Mellen, Clarkston, MI, USA
    142) Donna Waite, Lake Orion, MI, USA
    143) Ann Acton, South Lyon, MI, USA
     145) Tami Hall, South Lyon, MI, USA
    146) Wendy Belsley, South Lyon, MI, USA
    147) Gretel Coombs, East Lansing, MI, USA
    148) Mike Jones, Lansing, MI, USA
    149) Jeff Jones, Atlanta, GA, USA
    150) Marion Jones , Atlanta, GA , USA
    151) Pat Scott, Enumclaw, WA, USA
    152) Bob Panzer, Houston, TX, USA
    153) Pat Panzer, Houston, TX, USA
    154) Joe Schwartz, Jacksonville AL USA
    155) Stefanie Walfield, Fayetteville, NC, USA
    156) Liz Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    157) Christine Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    156) Mike Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    157) Randy Parsons, Eatonton, Ga.
    158) Bonita Platner, Kirkwood, NY. USA
    159) Ralph Platner, Kirkwood, NY. USA
    160) Charles Lundquist, Binghamton, N.Y. U.S.A.
    161) Tracy Rowe, Hollywood, CA USA
    162) Daniel Raphael New York, New York USA
    163) Ann Brameier, New York, NY USA
    164) Kazuko Tao, Healdsburg, Ca USA
    165) Shelley Zavat, Rio Nido, Ca. USA
    166) Kendall Smith, Fort Bragg, Ca USA
    167) Candi Zizek, Sacramento, California USA
    168) Annette Blackwood, West Hartford, CT USA
    169) Frank Sentner, West Hartford, CT USA
    170) Ann Steadman, Roanoke, VA USA
    171) George Steadman, Roanoke, VA USA
    172) Elizabeth Byam,Washington, DC USA
    173) Mary Dougal,Montclair, NJ USA
    174) Kathleen Ennen, Champaign, Il. USA
    175) Patricia S. Berky, Baltimore, Md. USA
    176) Wahiba Abu-Ras, Old Bridge, NJ. USA
    177) Magdi Awad, Old Bridge, NJ USA
    178) Melissa Joralemon, NY USA
    179) Vida Cofie-Robertson, NJ USA
    180) Sema Gurun, NY, USA
    181)Sahika Yildirim, UB, Mongolia
    182) Ayse Taylan, Istanbul, Turkiye
    183) Kemal Gencay, Istanbul, Turkiye
    184) Vehbi Gencay, Ankara, Turkiye
    185) N. Suzan Kincal, Ankara, Turkiye
    186) Handan Tezel, Ottawa, Canada
    187) Ayse Senatalar, Istanbul, Turkiye
    188) Zeynep Ilsen Onsan, Istanbul, Turkiye
    189) Jak Kornfilt,Istanbul, Turkiye
    190) Ilona Kornfilt,Istanbul,Turkiye
    191) Anna Droste
    192) Ersin Takla,Istanbul, Turkey
    193) R. Oguz Bozkurt, Istanbul, Turkey
    194) Sevda Bozkurt, Istanbul, Turkey
    195) Liliana Saban, Strasbourg France
    196) Yael Albukrek, London, UK
    197) Fabiana Di Porto, Rome, Italy
    198) Micaela Pavoncello, Rome Italy
    199) Marnie Silver, Toronto, ON, Canada
    200) Mike Wilner, Toronto, ON, Cana
    201) Judy Shabtai, Toronto,ON, Canada
    202) Suzanne McColl, Torontom ON, Canada
    203)John Trigiani, Toronto , Ontario, CANADA
    204) Jon Gillette, Bognor, Ontario, Canada
    205) Helen Kay. Bognor, Ontario, Canada
    206) Elizabeth Huyer, Owen Sound, Canada
    207) Nikki Huyer, Helsingor, Denmark
    208) Lynn Chambers, Toronto, Canada
    209) Laura Allen, Toronto, Canada
    210) Shirley Hilton, Ingersoll, Canada
    211) Rosina Brown, Caledon East, ON Canada
    212) Judi MacDonald, Markham, Ontario, Canada
    213) Nancy Drewry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    214) Susan Bartlett, Toronto, Ontario Canada
    215) Anja Sagan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    216) Sharon Slater, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    217) Mona Adams, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    218) Paul Adams, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    219) Ruth E. Voetberg, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    220) Jeffrey F. Searle, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    221) Kelly L. Robinson, Dayton, OH, USA
    222) Vernon G. Haas, Stewartstown, PA, USA
    223) Connie L. Haas, Stewartstown, PA, USA
    224) Bassem Youssef, Vienna, VA, USA
    225) Leila Youssef, Vienna, VA, USA
    226) Peggy D. Hart, Stafford, VA, USA
    227) Pat Peebles, Alexandria, VA, USA
    228) Olivia White, Dallas, TX, USA
    229) Elizabeth Nash, Nottingham, UK
    230) Debra Chauhan, Leicester, UK
    231) Alison Termie, Leicester, UK
    232) Lindsay Termie, Leicester, UK
    233) Lesley McNeil, Leicester, UK
    234) Francis Cattermole, Leicester, UK
     235) Annie Gray, London, UK
    237) Ingrid womack, London UK
    238) Caroline Bowsher, London, UK
     239) Paul Coates, London, UK
    240) Giuseppe Anzalone, Hertfordshire UK
    241) Clare Anthony, Narrogin, Western Australia
    242) Kate Macgregor, Narrogin, Western Australia
    243) Tom Dukovcic, Perth, Australia
    244) Michael Hall, Melbourne, Australia
    245) Suzanne Davis, Melbourne, Australia
    246) Michelle Baker, Melbourne Australia
    247) Soula Pliatsikouras Melbourne Australia
    248) Edward Rossato, Melbourne Australia
    249) Sam Rossato, Singleton Australia
    250)Bruce Schneider, Maitland Australia
    251) Beth Richards, Maitland Australia
    252) Denise Wallace Carrara Australia
    253) Cherie Bombell, Robina Australia
    254) Amanda Aitchison, Sydney Australia
    255) Shelley Somerville, Sydney Australia
    266) Phil Marnoch, Sydney Australia
    267) Katrina Boylan, Sydney, Australia
    268) Kate Crossley ,Syd, Aust.
    269) Roger Baldwin, Manukau, New Zealand
    270) Wayne Tait, Tauranga, New Zealand
    271) Mandy Waldin, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
    272) Nicki Northcott, Morrinsville, New Zealand
    273) Jennifer Reiner, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    274) Matthew Chesher, Hackensack, NJ, USA
    275) MaryGrace Ribaudo, Hackensack, NJ, USA
    276) John Lee, Chicago, Ill, USA
    277) Margaret Lee, Chicago, Ill USA
    278) Melissa Reed, Kalamazoo, MI USA
    279) Nancy DeVries, Scotts, MI USA
    280) Julie E. Noland, West Des Moines, IA USA
    281) Amy W. Limeres, Chugiak, AK USA
    282) George W. McCarthy, Rhinebeck, NY
    283) Cindy Cunningham, Los Angeles, CA USA
    284) Karin Battat San Francisco CA USA
    285) Judy Motoyama, Lodi, CA USA
    286) Lisa Hayes, Lodi, CA, USA
    287) Marilyn York, Sacramento, CA, USA
    288) Eva Townsend, Sacramento, CA, USA
   289) Pam Hawkins, Sacramento, CA, USA
   290) Ann Edward-Buckley, Sacramento, CA, USA
   291) Julie Leung, Sacramento, CA USA
   292) Michael Varinsky, Davis, CA USA
   293) Tina Dolin, Davis, CA USA
   294) Barb Lentz, Reno, Nevada
   295) Steve Ashorn, Reno, Nevada
   296) E. Davison, Tucson, AZ
   297) V.L. Little, Tucson AZ
   298) L.Sauer.La Canada, CA
   299) Cathy Cole Williams, Glencoe, IL USA
   300) Barbara Schon-Lundberg, Glenview, IL USA
   301) Claire Purkis, Chicago, IL, USA
   302) Helaine McFerron, Chicago, IL, USA

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