Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Ladies First?

Amnesty International, in their new report, "Decades of Suffering, Now Women Deserve Better," seems to feel that the ladies may not be getting a fair shake in the new "liberty" and "freedom" that "we" are "bringing" to "the Iraqi people." Sigh.
Women and girls in Iraq live in fear of violence as the conflict intensifies and insecurity spirals. Tens of thousands of civilians are reported to have been killed or injured in military operations or attacks by armed groups since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The lawlessness and increased killings, abductions and rapes that followed the overthrow of the government of Saddam Hussain have restricted women’s freedom of movement and their ability to go to school or to work. Women face discriminatory laws and practices that deny them equal justice or protection from violence in the family and community. A backlash from conservative social and political forces threatens to stifle their attempts to gain new freedoms. The general lack of security has forced many women out of public life, and constitutes a major obstacle to the advancement of women’s rights.

Friends, let's please actually do something good for the Iraqi people. It is women who take care of and educate children, foster families, maintain their communities. If we act on behalf of women, ensuring their protection and support, we act on behalf of everyone.

And while you're at it, join Amnesty International. Make a donation. Act now for human rights.