Brave New Foundation Releases Its Fifth Rethink Afghanistan Installment and Focuses on How Bombs Are Not Solving Women's Issues in the Region

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Brave New Foundation Releases Its Fifth Rethink Afghanistan Installment and Focuses on How Bombs Are Not Solving Women's Issues in the Region

LOS ANGELES - While feminist organizations in the United States such as Feminist
Majority have advocated for military escalation as a way to protect
women's rights in Afghanistan the reality on the ground is a different
one.

Brave New Foundation's fifth installment of its
Rethink Afghanistan documentary series highlights Afghan women voices
who have publicly denounced U.S. airstrikes and bombings. The video
challenges several myths surrounding the US occupation of Afghanistan,
specifically that the US occupation has helped liberate Afghan women
from Taliban oppressors.

Watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7jAT0FAGBc

In today's Alternet column Sonali Kolhatkar, director of the Afghan
Women's Mission, questions why leading feminist organizations are
lending its name to support an Afghanistan escalation. "Waging war does
not lead to the liberation of women anywhere. Women always
disproportionately suffer the effects of war, and to think that women's
rights can be won with bullets and bloodshed is a position dangerous in
its naïveté. The Feminist Majority should know this instinctively,"
says Kolhatkar.

Read the full column here:

http://www.alternet.org/world/141165/why_is_a_leading_feminist_organization_lending_its_name_to_support_escalation_in_afghanistan/

The US war against the Taliban has left Afghan women more vulnerable
inside their home and out on the streets. Escalating violence between
the Taliban and US forced has left many Afghan women without husbands
or sons. Unable to work outside the home, many Afghan women have turned
to prostitution to help their families. Children as young as five years
old are being forced to work in order to support their families.

Afghan women's voices resoundingly challenge Western Feminist ideas
that the increase in US militarization is hurting and not helping
Afghan Women. Afghan women have been faced with an increase in domestic
violence and sexual violence since the US military occupation.
According to the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan
(RAWA), "currently, violence against women is worst then under the
Taliban. Sexual violence has skyrocketed since the Taliban was
defeated, domestic violence is also on the rise."

For more information or to host an interview or speaking engagement
with Rethink Afghanistan documentary director Robert Greenwald, Afghan
Women's Mission's Sonhali Kolhatkar or members of the Revolutionary
Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), please contact: Martha De
Hoyos at Martha@bravenewfoundation.org 310.402.9048.

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