Tuesday, April 12, 2011

International Women’s Day (Afghanistan Style)

From the Guardian:

Musa Khan, the governor of Ghazni province, once associated with the fundamentalist warlord Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, marked international women's day on 8 March. Unfortunately, he appeared to have missed the point of the event.

According to Alex Dietrich, the head of a US military female engagement team operating in Ghazni, in a morning of speeches, only two women were invited onstage to participate. Instead ranks of burqa-clad women watched a group of men dominate proceedings with speeches on the importance of practising marital obedience.

Khan told them they should not leave their homes without permission from their husbands. "At the end the men sat down for a feast, while the women waited outside in the cold for some of their leftovers," Dietrich said.


Anonymous said...


I can't wait to see how they celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd.

Elusive Wapiti said...

"Unfortunately, he appeared to have missed the point of the event."

Or, depending upon one's perspective, he nailed it.

Anonymous said...


All is not lost!