Taliban, single-sex schools, hate crimes

Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 08:43:58 -0700

Last week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Bill Richardson traveled to Afghanistan to initiate
peace negotiations there. The U.S. government
has promised not to recognize the extremist Taliban
regime unless women's rights to education, employment,
and mobility are restored.

So far, the Taliban has only said they might allow
women to attend single-sex universities with a curriculum
based on the Taliban's interpretation of Islam; they
refused to consider granting girls their right to a
primary and secondary education. With regard to women's
rights to employment, the Taliban has only said they might
allow women doctors to treat female patients and allow
other women to deliver humanitarian aid to women and
Take action at
to demand that U.N. and U.S. officials not provide support
or recognition to the Taliban or any Afghanistan
government that does not restore women's rights to work,
education and mobility.

The Campus Hate Crimes Right to Know Act would amend
the Higher Education Act by requiring colleges to report
crimes such as vandalism, criminal harassment, and simple
assault, which constitute 84% of hate crimes committed.
Students and their parents have a right to this important
information. It would also add gender and disability to
the current list of reported hate crime categories, which
are: race, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
Take action at http://www.feminist.org/action/action92.html


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