Saturday, March 26, 2005

Kofi Annan Calls For Sustained International Support for Afghanistan

According to the UNDP, years of discrimination and poverty have relegated Afghan women to some of the worst social indicators in the world, citing poverty, violence, inadequate health care, exclusion from public life, rape, illiteracy and forced marriage. The Gender Development Index places Afghanistan above only two countries: Niger and Burkina Faso.
The report also found that reconstruction projects sponsored by the US military, known as Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), are inadequate and dangerous, citing that they blur the lines between civilians and soldiers, making aid workers targets for militants, reports the Associated Press. Afghanistan ranked 173 out of 178 countries in the United Nations 2004 Human Development Index. The average life expectancy for Afghans is only 44.5 years, 20 years lower than the life expectancy for people in neighboring countries.
Afghan women and children bear the brunt of much of the chaos present in Afghanistan. If you haven't been to Medbhletters and signed this petition from Amnesty International, pl. take a moment and do so now. In addition to all of the above that Afghan women have to endure, Female Genital Mutilation is still prevalent in Muslim countries. Please sign HERE

And, check out the special on LINK TV about a young Afghani child, "the Boy who Plays on the Buddhas Of Bamiyan."

3 Comments:

Blogger carla said...

Beautiful photograph.

Welcome to the Progressive Women Bloggers webring. :)

11:57 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Beautiful photograph.

Welcome to the Progressive Women Bloggers webring. :)

11:57 PM  
Blogger carla said...

oops..double clicked. Sorry.

11:57 PM  

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