The continued good news about women working together
April 21, 2009 by Amy Siskind
Many of us have been following the situation for women in Afghanistan where a new law passed by Parliament and signed by President Karzai would forbid women from leaving the house without their husbands’ permission and legalizing marital rape. Brave women in Afghanistan took to the streets last week to march in protest.
Yesterday, I received a bright bit of news courtesy of a new group called NoLimits.org. The letter was from Ann Lewis and here’s what she had to say (emphasis added):
Women Senators have spoken up: a bipartisan group, led by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and including Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a letter to President Karzai.
“This law should be reversed immediately,” Boxer said. “Not only is this law an attack on individual freedom, but it condones despicable acts against women in their homes. By approving this law, Afghan leaders are holding back the entire country’s progress and turning the nation back toward some of the most oppressive practices of the Taliban.”
This is yet another of the numerous examples of the women in the Senate working together to help women in this country and abroad. We saw this recently when all four Republican women in the Senate broke party ranks to vote in favor of The Fair Pay Act.
For women to have power, we must unite and work together on the issues that impact all women. Focus on what unites us, not divides us — starting now!
Let’s learn from the successes of our female Senators (again per Ann Lewis’ letter):
Responding to the public outcry, President Karzai has now promised to review the law. According to his aide, the legislation is not yet law, and will be reviewed so that it will be “consistent with the rights provided in the Constitution — equality and the protection of women”