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how can the common american help?

I'd really like to know, cause I have no idea.

FYI: Im sure ALL of you already know all all about the situation in the following article, being that I always am informed that my postings are not news blah blah...but I happen to know that not everyone knows, and the more the better.

http://www.iht.com/articles/83949.html

And if you know organizations I could get involved with in NY that might actually do something real about this, please let me know.
Thank you.

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legolas
Jan. 28th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC)
I sure didn't know... And it is terrible indeed.

[sarcasm on]
Bush: Let's Bomb them!.
Powell: Oh no, we did that already sir.
Bush: Let's invade them!
Powell: Oh no, we did that already sir.
Bush: Then let's get back!
Powell: we're still there sir.
Bush: We are? Then let's get out, we need to keep invading somewhere until the elections!
[sarcasm off]
ex_bloody_an630
Jan. 28th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't see us being able to do much until the government changes to a less anti-feminist one. Until then, the only thing I could see us doing is helping women that want out of the country to leave and then helping them get the education they want. Though it would be nice if we could really do something, the last time we got involved there the same thing happened all over again. It's sad.

I saw an interesting documentary the other day where this anthropologist was talking about how in the very early days of civilization, in the beginnings of agricultural society, women were held in much higher esteem. Property was handled matrilinealy (property was passed from mother to daughters, or mother to sons' wives), women were in control of when they had children and such so families were small (2 to 3 children for the most part) and women had say in the way the village was ran from day to day. Then things changed. Men, who had lost a lot of political and domestic power when hunting was no longer a necessity, started making war. They forced women to start having lots of children, and to wear veils, and to stay at home. The whole veil thing started long before Mohammed was even born. The restrictions placed on women were basically men regaining dominance over society, out of their frustrations at losing it in the first place. And now, like 8000 years later, we're finally regaining our own lost power, and we see things like Afghanistan where the worst examples of male dominance are still taking place. Sigh. We never forced MEN to wear veils or denied them education for having a penis. ;-)
simro
Jan. 28th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)

This may be a start. www.womenforafghanwomen.org

Based in NYC.
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