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This petition has nothing to do with IP, diabetes. I am sure there are other
forums you can post that one to.

-----Original Message-----
From: Julie Britt [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 5:10 PM
To: email @ redacted; email @ redacted;
email @ redacted; Jim Murphy; email @ redacted;
email @ redacted

Hi guys...this is a forward I recieved that I think everyone should read,
and even if you don't sign it pass it on.
This came to me through the AWG Newsletter (Association for Women
Geoscientists).  It's not much in terms of direct action, but it's a start.
I, for one, am tired of world politics ignoring women's rights and needs.


[Editor's Note:  Please take a moment to read this petition. While we
struggle for, albeit important, issues such as equal pay, Afghan women,
unable even to leave their homes without an accompanying male, are
struggling for basic human rights.  Please add your name to the end of the
petition and pass it on to other lists to which you belong. This petition
was submitted to AWG E-Mail News by April Abate, AWG Student At-Large

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, so that depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached
emergency levels. There 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.

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
misbehavior.  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. There are almost no medical facilities available for
women, and relief workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking
medicine and psychologists and other things necessary to treat the
sky-rocketing level of depression among 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  peaceful 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
sub-human in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not their
tradition or 'culture', but 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 support and 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
UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1999 to be treated as sub-human and so much as
property. quality 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 Eged!
al, 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 Forsm, 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) Natalie Edwards, Charlottesville VA USA
106) Cyndy Williams, Charlottesville, VA USA 107) Donna Hall, Lynchburg, Va
USA 108) Robin Hinkle, Lynchburg, VA USA 109) George Vass Venice, FL USA
110) Martha Ferris, Moncks Corner, SC USA 111) Teresa Smith, Charleston,
SC, USA 112) Terry Longo, Orlando, FL, USA 113) Charlotte Downs, Orlando,
FL, USA 114) Laura M. Connaughton, Orlando, FL USA 115) Ronit Doran, Tel
Aviv, Israel 116) Iris Berenstein, Johannesburg, South Africa 117) Lynne
Jeffreys, Johannesburg, South Africa 118) Sharon van Heerden, Johannesburg,
South Africa 119) Lizelle Mc Mahon, Johannesburg, South Africa 120) Frik du
Toit Suid Afrika 121) Glenda Warrin, Cape Town, South Africa 122) Andrew le
Roux, Cape Town, South Africa 123) Nathea Beukes, Cape Town, South Africa
124) Johan Wiesner, Toowoomba, Australia 125) Retha Wiesner, Toowoomba,
Australia 126) Leon de Villiers, Toowoomba, Australia 127) Leslie Willmers,
Cape Town, South Africa 128) Wayne Jacobs, Cape Town, South Africa 129)
Davlynne Lidbetter, Cape Town, South Africa 130) Gunnar Blondal, Oslo,
Norway 131) Hjortur Blondal, Reykjavik, Iceland 132) Hordur Sigurjonsson,
Reykjavik, Iceland 133) Barbara!
Eriksson, Gislaved, Sweden 134) Henry Z, Denmark 135) Helle S, Denmark
136) Wiktor S, Denmark 137) Ilona K, Kitimat, Canada 138) Katherine
Vinluan-Arellano, Philippines 139) Toby Pedersen,
Arkansas, USA 140) Nancy Pedersen, Longview, TX, USA 141) Renee' Golden,
Kilgore, TX, USA 142) Linda Hill, Longview, TX, USA 143) Francine Frenette,
Longview, TX, USA 144) Lucie Marcotte, Montreal, Canada 145) Andri De
Carufel, Quibec, Canada 146) France Nicole, Montrial, Canada 147) Danielle
Fleurant, Montrial, Canada 148) Simone Spiller, Montrial, Canada 149) Marie
d'Huart, Brussels, Belgium 150) Pascale Simonpoli, Montrial, Canada 151)
Marie-Josie Richard, Montrial, Canada 152) Andrea Glavas, Vancouver, Canada
153) Susan Gottschick, Port Coquitlam, Canada 154) Tim Gottschick, Port

Coquitlam, Canada 155) Anne Sutinen, Port Coquitlam, Canada 156) Allan

Sutinen, Port Coquitlam, Canada 157) James Sutinen, Port Coquitlam, Canada
158) Janice MacLean, Garibaldi Highlands, BC, Canada 159) Lana Leveridge,
Garibaldi Highlands, BC, Canada 160) Anita Madsen, Bella Coola, BC Canada
161) Carole Whaley, Summerland, BC Canada 162) Barbara Gardner, Ventura, CA
USA 163) Judy Kessler, Valley Glen, CA  USA 164) Paul Crowley, Buffalo
Grove, IL USA 165) Philip Robare, Chicago, IL USA 166) David Sadker,
Bethesda, MD, USA 167) Alyssa Pintchovski, Austin, TX, USA 168) Kathleen
Diaz, Austin, TX, USA 169) Adina Benno, Albany, NY, USA 170) khury
Petersen-Smith, Albany, NY, USA 171) Orr Bernstein, Albany, NY, USA 172)
Meg Richmond, Delaware, OH, USA 173) Robyn Hauser, Delaware, OH, USA 174)
John Rossey, Sunbury, OH, USA 175) Mindy Hedges, Delaware, OH, USA 176)
Susannah Sagan, Columbus OH, USA 177)Joyce Garver Keller, Columbus OH, USA
178)Toby Liberman, Akron OH USA 179) Rabbi David M. Horowitz, Akron, OH USA
180) Toby Horowitz, Akron, OH USA 181) Rabbi John Spitzer, Canton, OH, USA
182) Sue Matlof, St. Louis, MO, USA 183) Lauren Winer, St. Louis, MO, USA
184) E. Duchess Benzaquen, Tyler, Texas USA 185) David M. Lisner, Tyler,
Texas USA 186) James Liang, Atlanta, Geor!
gia, USA 187) Jennifer Blice, Texas, USA 188) Stacy Higbe,  Norman, USA
189) Jeanette Higbe, Alexandria, VA, USA 190)Sarah Jane Billington,
Fairfax, VA  USA 191 Anne Perry, Alexandria, VA USA 192) Maggie Cahoon,
Marlow, NH, USA 193  Jim Cahoon, Maynard, MA,  USA 194) April Abate,
Haverhill, MA  USA  195) Joanne Kluessendof, Urbana, Illinois, USA 196)
Julie Britt, Largo, FL

PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message,sign the bottom and forward it
to everyone on your distribution lists. If you receive this list with more
than 200 names on it, please e-mail a copy of it to email @ redacted
<mailto:email @ redacted> 
Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do not kill the
petition. Thank you. It is best to copy rather than forward the petition.

Melissa Buckheit, Brandeis University

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