INVITATION TO PRESS TALK:
"Women as Targets - Targeting Women" in Iraq and Afghanistan
on Wednesday, November 22nd at 10am in the Le Meridien Hotel, Opernring 13-15, 1010 Vienna, Happy Green Room.
Your dialogue partners are:
Dr. Rajaa Al-Khuzai from Baghdad – president of the National Council for Women, member of the Transitional Government, president and founder of the Iraqi Widows Organization, doctor and politician.
Saliha Mehrezad from Kabul– parlamentarian in Kabul, director of the Women without Borders Women´s Center in Nimruz.
Two representatives of the young educated generation in Iraq and Afghanistan who are role models for a new generation and working for peace and democracy will also contribute:
Homa Mohammed-Zarif from Afghanistan and Daliya Shawkat from Iraq will talk about their lives, the real danger of daily violence which affects their freedom of movement as well as their mission for female empowerment and freedom.
When the American administration sought international support for the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, it did so on a ‘Women’s Ticket’, to restore women’s rights. In Iraq, the transitional government pushed the women’s agenda dramatically, knowing the international spotlight was upon them. Now, years after the American-led interventions, women have become not the symbol of freedom, but the target of terror. Particularly the educated females are in the firing line. Besides political violence women are facing new levels of trafficking, prostitution, rape and domestic violence.
Female parliamentarians have increasingly become targets, suggesting that these hits are not part of a haphazard fall out of war, but perhaps a cold policy designed to weaken the voice of women.