martin sjardijn on Wed, 3 May 2000 16:44:20 +0200 (CEST)

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Martin Sjardijn, The Netherlands

Subject: Please sign
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Dear Friends,

Please do not ignore this email. This is something that we as women and
essentially as human beings need to support - I don't know if this is going
to help but take 3 minutes out of your life to do your part.

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 a relative. 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 stuffed into their

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 that they are
never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest
misbehaviour. Because they cannot work, those without male  relatives or
husbands are either starving to death or begging on the street, even if they
hold Ph.D.s.

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 the suicide rate
among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe
depression and would rather take their lives than live in such conditions,
has increased significantly. There are almost no medical facilities
available for women. At one of the rare hospitals for women, a reporter
found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped
in their burqua, unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly wasting
away. Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners, perpetually
rocking or crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when
what little medication that is left finally runs out, leaving these women in
front of the president's residence as a form of protest. It is at the point
where the term "human rights violations" has become an understatement.
Husbands have the power of life and death over their 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 inch of flesh or offending
them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to work, dress
generally as they wanted, and 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 educators or doctors or simply used to
basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and 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 is 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 rights for the sake
of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world can certainly express peaceful
outrage at the oppression, murder and injustice committed 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 the United
Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be tolerated.
Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere, and it is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE
for women in 2000 to be treated as subhuman and so much as property.
Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives in
Afghanistan or elsewhere.

            1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France
2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France
3) Philippe MOTTE, Grenoble, France
4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin, France
5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE
6) Marie GAUTHIER, Grenoble, FRANCE
7) Laurent VESCALO, Grenoble,FRANCE
8) Mathieu MOY, St Egreve, FRANCE
9) Bernard BLANCHET, Mont St Martin, FRANCE
10) Tassadite FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE
11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier, FRANCE
12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE
13) Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE
14) Marie-Therese LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE
15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers, FRANCE
16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE
17) Christian COGNARD, Poitiers, FRANCE
18) Robert GARDETTE, Paris, FRANCE
19) Claude CHEVILLARD, Montpellier, FRANCE
20) gilles FREISS, Montpellier, FRANCE
21) Patrick AUGEREAU, Montpellier, FRANCE.
22) Jean IMBERT, Marseille, FRANCE
23) Jean-Claude MURAT, Toulouse, France
24) Anna BASSOLS, Barcelona, Spain
25) Mireia DUNACH, Barcelona, Spain
26) Michel VILLAZ, Grenoble, France
27) Pages Frederique, Dijon, France
28) Rodolphe FISCHMEISTER, Chatenay-Malabry, France
29) Francois BOUTEAU, Paris, France
30) Patrick PETER, Paris, France
31) Lorenza RADICI, Paris, France
32) Monika Siegenthaler, Bern, Switzerland
33) Mark Philp, Glasgow, Scotland
34) Tomas Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden
35) Jonas Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden
36) Karin Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden
37) Ake Ljung, Stockholm, Sweden
38) Carina Sedlmayer, Stockholm, Sweden
39) Rebecca Uddman, Stockholm, Sweden
40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden
41) Micael Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden
44) Lena Dahl, Stockholm, Sweden
45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden
46) Jessica Carlsson, Vaxjo, Sweden
47) Sara Blomquist, Vaxjo, Sweden
48) Magdalena Fosseus, Vaxjo, Sweden
49) Charlotta Langner, Goteborg, Sweden
50) Andrea Egedal, Goteborg, Sweden
51) Lena Persson, Stockholm, Sweden
52) Magnus Linder, Umea ,Sweden
53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden
54) Caroline Evenbom, Vaxjo, Sweden
55) Asa Pettersson, Grimsas, Sweden
56) Jessica Bjork, Grimsas, Sweden
57) Linda Ahlbom Goteborg, Sweden
58) Jenny Forsman, Boras, Sweden
59) Nina Gunnarson, Kinna, Sweden
60) Andrew Harrison, New Zealand
61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand
62) Claire Lugton, New Zealand
63) Sarah Thornton, New Zealand
64) Rachel Eade, New Zealand
65) Magnus Hjert, London, UK
67) Madeleine Stamvik, Hurley, UK
68) Susanne Nowlan, Vermont, USA
69) Lotta Svenby, Malmoe, Sweden
70) Adina Giselsson, Malmoe, Sweden
71) Anders Kullman, Stockholm, Sweden
72) Rebecka Swane, Stockholm,Sweden
73) Jens Venge, Stockholm, Sweden
74) Catharina Ekdahl, Stockholm, Sweden
75) Nina Fylkegard, Stockholm, Sweden
76) Therese Stedman, Malmoe, Sweden
77) Jannica Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
78) Douglas Bratt
79) Mats Lofstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
80) Li Lindstrom, Sweden
81) Ursula Mueller, Sweden
82) Marianne Komstadius, Stockholm, Sweden
83) Peter Thyselius, Stockholm, Sweden
84) Gonzalo Oviedo, Quito, Ecuador
85) Amalia Romeo, Gland, Switzerland
86) Margarita Restrepo, Gland, Switzerland
87) Eliane Ruster, Crans p.C., Switzerland
88) Jennifer Bischoff-Elder, Hong Kong
89) Azita Lashgari, Beirut, Lebanon
90) Khashayar Ostovany, New York, USA
91) Lisa L Miller, Reno NV
92) Danielle Avazian, Los Angeles, CA
93) Sara Risher, Los Angeles, Ca.
94) Melanie London, New York, NY
95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA
96) Steven Raspa, San Francisco, CA
97) Margot Duane, Ross, CA
98) Natasha Darnall, Los Angeles, CA
99) Candace Brower, Evanston, IL
100) James Kjelland, Evanston, IL
101) Michael Jampole, Beach Park, IL, USA
102) Diane Willis, Wilmette, IL, USA
103) Sharri Russell, Roanoke, VA, USA
104) Faye Cooley, Roanoke, VA, USA
105) Celeste Thompson, Round Rock, TX, USA
106) Sherry Stang, Pflugerville, TX, USA
107) Amy J. Singer, Pflugerville, TX USA
108) Milissa Bowen, Austin, TX USA
109) Michelle Jozwiak, Brenham, TX USA
110) Mary Orsted, College Station, TX USA
111) Janet Gardner, Dallas, TX USA
112) Marilyn Hollingsworth, Dallas, TX USA
113) Nancy Shamblin, Garland. TX USA
114) K. M. Mullen, Houston, TX - USA
115) Noreen Tolman, Houston, Texas - USA
116) Judy Bechtel, Merced, CA - USA
117) Delores Iliff, FL, USA
118) Nicole Propper, FL, USA
119) Bonnie LaChance, FL, USA
120) JoAnn Blades, FL, USA
121) Pam Blades, FL, USA
122) Louise Campbell, FL, USA
123) Marcy DeSanto, FL, USA
124) Donald Blades, FL,USA
125) Tom LaChance, FL, USA
126) Craig Huff, GA, USA
127) Karen Huff, FL, USA
128) Heather Huff, GA, USA
129) Franki Silcox GA, USA
130) Karin Horn, TX, USA
131) Lara Nelson, OH, USA
132) Beth Pilous, OH, USA
133) Sarah Clare, OH, USA
134) Carla Roth, OH, USA
135) Jenny Zukowski, MI, USA
136) Amanda Silic, MI, USA
137) Heather Gilroy, MD, USA
138) Kat Carrion, MD USA
139) Michelle Stryjewski, MD USA
140) Elizabeth H Stevens, OR, USA
141) Alice Stevens, OR, USA
142) Tyler R. Monzie/ OR/ USA
143) Allea Martin, OR, USA
145) Jose Tancuan, Or, USA
146) Akia Woods, OR USA
147) Bernie Gardent, OR, USA
148) Leslie Hall, OR, USA
149) Susan J. Woods, OR, USA
150) Cegelnik, Dixie , OR, USA
151) Susan Amburgey, OR, USA
152) Cindy Harboldt, OR, USA
153) Richard Rehm, CA, USA
154) Lyn Lindsay, CA, USA
155) Alma Gilligan, CA, USA
156) Maureen Lechwar, CA, USA
157) Leslie Morales, CA, USA
158) Marci Marcantonio, CA, USA
159) Jill Haskins, CA, USA
160) Jacqueline Gouly, CA, USA
161) Janet Talbott, CA, USA
162) Manjula Subbiah, CA, USA
163) Susan Duncan, CA, USA
164) Blanca E. Reynoso, CA, USA
165) Ruth C. Reynoso, Ca, USA
166) Phyllis H. Rawlins, Anaheim, CA, USA
167) Lori Rice, Naples, Italy
168) Mina Giovannitti, Las Vegas, USA
169) Fred Giovannitti, Las Vegas, USA
170) Noelle Brunelle, NV, USA
171) Kimberly A. Karl, NV, USA
172) Alana Segall, NV, USA
173) Mark Leonard, NV, USA
174) Nancy Leonard, NV, USA
175) Troy Leonard, NV, USA
176) Robert Mock AZ. USA
177) Patty Flanigan AZ, USA
178) William A Towne III, AZ, USA
179) Ellen J. Matheson, Los Angeles, CA, USA
180) Theresa Leets, Los Angeles, CA, USA
181) G. Ahou Soomekh, Los Angeles, CA, USA
182) Ronith Herman, El Paso, TX
183) Lauren R. Stein, PA, USA
184) Michelle F. King, PA, USA
185) Jere' Webb, CA, USA
186) Kim Anderson, CA USA
187) Kirsten Hinsdale, VA, USA
188) Ronald David, Wash, DC
189) Cheryl Barnes, Buffalo, NY
190) Dawne David, Wash DC, USA
191) Madhu Dutta New Delhi, India
192) Madhu Sen New Delhi, India
193) Alokparna, VA USA
194) Anjali Dasgupta, MS USA
195) Tilottama Brahmachari, NJ, USA
196) Chandrima Datta Ray, MS, USA
197) Jaydip Datta Ray, MS, USA
198) Mar╠a Florencia Vidano, MA, USA
199) Matteo Dufour,Genova, Italia
200) Francois Dufour, Lugano, Switzerland
201) Francesco Ricasoli, Firenze, Italia
202) Lena Larsson, Stockholm, Sweden
203) Katarina Wigle, Stockholm, Sweden
204) Petter ?berg, Stockholm, Sweden
205) Per-Anders Stensson, Uppsala, Sweden
206) Malin M┬rtensson, Uppsala, Sweden
207) Maria Carlstedt
208) Eli Cathrine Wilhelmsen, Uppsala, Sweden
209) AnnaMaria Billing, Uppsala, Sweden
210) Christina Molnar, Uppsala, Sweden
211) Christina Bergmark, Stockholm, Sweden
212) Katarina Mimmi Sp┬ng, Stockholm, Sweden
213) M?rta Terese M-rnvik, Stockholm, Sweden
214) Sofi H┬kansson, Malm-, Sweden
215) Lisa Grogarn Sol, G-teborg, Sweden
216) Anders Jonsson, G-teborg, Sweden
217) Lisa Ericsson, G-teborg, Sweden
218) Elna F»leide Selle, Bergen, Norway
219) Brynjar Stautland, B»mlo, Norway
220) Berte Figenschou Amundsen, Trondheim, Norway
221) Marte M»rkved-Romstad, Oslo, Norway
222) Kjersti Forbregd, Trondheim, Norway
223) Inger Margrethe Torgersen, Oslo, Norway
224) Lisbeth Skogstrand, Oslo, Norway
225) Ragnhild Skogstrand, Stokmarknes, Norway
226) Hanne Husaas, Lier, Norway
227) Helena Wikstr-m, Lund, Sweden
228) Kimberly Rapport, Ca, USA
229) Kristie Bennett, San Jose, CA, USA
230) Debi Di Bias, Santa Monica, CA, USA
231) Whitney Allen, San Francisco, CA USA
232) Kaaren Shalom, Los Angeles, CA USA
233) Gretchen German, Los Angeles, CA USA
234) Susan Peretz, Los Angeles, CA USA
235) Caryn West, Los Angeles, CA. USA
236) Heather Juergensen, Los Angeles, CA USA
237) Camryn Manheim. Los Angeles, CA USA
238) Julia Gibson, New York, NY USA
239) Elizabeth Arnold, New York, NY USA
240) Elinor Bowles, New York NY USA
241) Arafua Apaloo-Aning, New York, NY USA
242) Patrick O'Connor. New York, NY, USA
243) Simone Dennis, New York, NY, USA
244) Juliette Sobers, New York, NY USA
245) Marzena Czerwinski, Brooklyn, NY USA
246) Will Hamm, Westbury, NY USA
247) Eugene Miretsky, Farmingville, NY USA
248) Rachel Turet, Deer Park, NY USA
249) Michael Windrim Calgary, AB Canada
250) Denni Windrim Edmonton AB Canada
251) Barbara Halladay Edmonton AB Canada
252) Janice Ferguson, St. Albert, AB Canada
253) Wynn Ferguson, Winnipeg, Canada
254) Allen Ferguson, Winnipeg, Canada
255) Patricia McMahon, Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada
256] Betty Marlin, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
257) Ann Naylor, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
258) Brenda Maclauchlan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
259) Riva Nelson, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
260) Elaine Nelson, Medicine Hat, Alberta,Canada
261) Sharon Villetard, S. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
262) Barrett B.F. Scheske Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
263) Paul S. Quist, Edmonton, AB. Canada
264) Randall G. Christenson, Edmonton, AB Canada
265) Diane Christenson, Edmonton, AB Canada
266) Sue P., Alberta, Canada
267) H. Repchin, Alberta, Canada
268) G. Repchin, Alberta, Canada
269) T. Nguyen, Alberta, Canada
270) Q. Nguyen, Alberta, Canada
271) Le Ho, Alberta, Canada
272) Tim N. Alberta, Canada
273) Kaz Repchin, Alberta Canada
274) Laura Rodas, Alberta Canada
275) Anne Cattarinich, Alberta Canada
276) Tonia Bouzetos
277) Danielle klemen, Alberta Canada
278) Rita Bogenpohl, Albuquerque, NM USA
279) Eric Waltemate, St. Louis, MO USA
280) Megan Carr, Carbondale, IL USA
281) Michael Kells, Auckland New Zealand
282) Kerrie Hina, Wanganui, New Zealand
283) Natalie Foy, Wellington, New Zealand
284) Michelle Histen, Christchurch New Zealand
285) Chandra Harrison, Christchurh, New Zealand
286) Alvina Brown, Christchurch, New Zealand
287) Jackie Burchett, Christchurch, New Zealand
288) Eddie Dando, Christchurch, New Zealand
289) Toni Phillips, Christchurch, New Zealand
299)  Marnie Brokenshire, Sydney, Australia
300)  Sally O'Kane, Melbourne, Australia
301) Sarah McKinnon, Melbourne, Australia
302) Caroline Walker, London, UK
303) Lesley Whitley, Essex, UK
304) Sharon Reynolds, Berks. UK
305) Julie Henretty, Gloucestershire, UK
306) Mary Ashton, Surrey, UK
307) Gwen Ware, Purley, Surrey
308) Vesna Jones, London, England
309)Linda Leventaki, Athens, Greece
310) Nikos Leventakis, Athens, Greece
311) Rose Gillan,Glasgow, Scotland
312) Vanessa Flentri, Den Haag, The Netherlands
313) Uwe Maeder, Den Haag, The Netherlands
314) Marie Serraris, Holland

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